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Proud to fly our flag

People who were born before September 11th, 2001 will surely think about where they were on this day 11 years ago.  Yes, we have a hard time remembering simple day-to-day things that go on in our lives--such as what we wore the day before or whether or not we took our daily vitamin.  But this day, 11 years ago, was not a simple day-to-day type of Tuesday.  Up until that day, I had read about attacks on our country and learned about wars, but I had never experienced either.  I remember looking out of my school window looking for more planes, worried that Chicago could be next.
But more important than remembering what we did on that day, most of us will reflect on the lives lost, the families impacted, and the heroes that not only responded to the attacks, but also after the attacks. 
I am so humbled by the men and women who serve to protect the freedom that those terrorists thought they could snatch away from us.  They wanted to tear us apart, but instead our country became even more united.  The military men and women that are in our lives have signed up to fight. They know very well that there is a chance they will be sent overseas and put onto the frontlines. They were not drafted, they chose this lifestyle, and they eagerly raise their hand when there is a chance for deployment within their unit.  
We should be proud of where our country is 11 years after terrorists attacked us, because even if our economic statistics aren't anything to brag about, we can brag about the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have signed up and still sign up to sacrifice their lives for the sake of others.

Beaufort National Cemetery 

My sister and I at the Parris Island Museum.


  1. love that quote by President Reagan - and such a great post, friend! thanks for the reminder!