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Thank You

American Flag

On this Memorial Day, a sincere note of thanks.

To every member of the military who chose to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for the freedoms we enjoy as a result, thank you.

Thank you for giving your lives so we can enjoy ours.

Let Good Triumph Over Evil (Remembering September 11, 2001)

It’s hard to believe 12 years have passed since the attacks on our country the morning of September 11, 2001.

Like most everyone else, I remember where I was that morning. I was in Springfield, Illinois. It was my day off (I was working an odd schedule as a young television news reporter) and I was sleeping in that day, as was customary for a 24-year-old with nowhere to be and with no obligations on a morning like that.

One of my roommates woke me up and said I needed to come take a look at the TV. That’s when the second plane hit the second tower. That’s when I realized it was no ordinary day.

Within minutes, my pager started buzzing. As you might imagine, it was all hands on deck at the news station. Off to work I went.

I don’t remember exactly what my story angle was that day but I do remember the eerie feeling of walking past the federal building downtown and seeing the heavy police presence there.

I remember briefly wondering if that building was going to be blown up or attacked in some fashion and I vividly recall the sense of fear I had at that moment. The bad guys had briefly won in that regard, but as things returned to ‘normal’ in the weeks, months, and years to follow, time would show that they really hadn’t.

We are a resilient bunch, we Americans, and human beings in general. The scars that attack left are still there and for the people more directly involved in the attacks, I am quite certain not a day goes by that they don’t miss their loved ones or feel a level of pain that I cannot understand.

But I also know that as a whole, we have all continued to live our lives and the 9/11 attacks have not stopped us from being free.

Sadly it’s something we continue to take for granted and I’ll be the first to admit I’m guilty of doing so. But every time I stop to think about it, like today for example, I realize just how thankful I am that we live in a place where we are free to think, act, worship, love, and live as we desire. America isn’t a perfect place but it is a pretty great place.

To everyone out there who lost someone that day 12 years ago or as a result of the events of that day, I’m sending you good thoughts. To everyone else, let’s all be vessels of peace and love today. Let good triumph over evil.

September 11

Stay Vigilant

The death of Osama bin Laden is something many Americans are celebrating, but I certainly hope no one makes the mistake of feeling ‘safer’ now that one person (significance aside) has been killed.

If this guy was bright enough to be responsible for all he claimed to have done and all he was accused of doing…it stands to reason he was bright enough to train many, many others to do the kind of things he did and worse.

I feel it’s extremely shortsighted (the U.S. chief of counterterrorism is actually quoted as saying, “al-Qaida is something in the past”) to think there aren’t others who learned from him making their own plans wherever they are right now. Never mind the countless others who never met the guy but who have their own reasons for inflicting terror on the United States and other countries – from within or from afar.

Not trying to rain on the parade here…just putting in my two cents.

This man’s death is something that has boosted the morale of a lot of people in this country. While it doesn’t do that for me, I can see how it would. Unfortunately this doesn’t solve or end anything in the big picture, short-term or long-term.

So to those of you who believe in freedom, I urge you to stay vigilant. To those of you fighting for freedom in any manner around the world, I say thank you.

And finally to everyone who believes that good can conquer evil, I certainly don’t want this post to deter from that mentality. I believe it. Always will. Just don’t let your guard down. The powers of evil – both in this type of situation and in countless other situations in life – can inflict the most damage when you do that.

Dear LORD please bless all of us here on Earth. I trust that in the end, you will bring us all eternal peace. Amen.