Friday, September 11, 2009


Today is September 11th, 2009 and eight years ago today, my country grieved for it's security that was lost, and it's soldiers who were surrendered for our freedom. I am SO thankful and proud for the many men and women who died for me, and I'll never forget them. Today I'm praying for their families... For the comfort of their hearts as they grieve on this day, and that they will see who God is as they walk this path they don't wish to be on. I pray they will know that their family members are NOT forgotten, and just how much I appreciate them.

I remember that day like it was yesterday. We were cleaning up after breakfast, and getting ready for the school day, at home. It was the day after my sister Jaclyn's 8th birthday, and we were also getting the siding on our house redone. Dad called Mom and told her to turn on the TV, and we all(as in all my siblings and my mom) watched in horror. I am pretty sure we didn't get very much homework done that day. Ha! Although I was only 9 at the time of the attacks, I understood a lot about what was happening. I kept hearing Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda and even though I didn't know who they were, it was apparent that this was not right, and that my security was fleeting. I was scared, and I knew it was the end of the world as I knew it to be. The siding man told us that it was his birthday, and, as a 9-year-old, I thought that would be the worst thing in the world. Now, I'm sure it's bittersweet, but I thought that would be worst thing ever to have your birthday on a day that America was suffering, versus my birthday that is smack in the middle of the holidays, and is on a "holiday eve" itself.

I don't really know what to say except for the fact that I'm praying for our lost Americans on behalf of 9/11 and our country. And I'm proud of them. And I have hope. And I know we'll press on, even when the going gets tough. Yes, our country isn't perfect, and I am very aware of its faults, but we're the Grand Ole US of A, and we'll fight for our freedom,... at least, I pray we will.

Remembering Those Who Have Sacrificed,
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