A Veteran Remembers 9/11

9-11-Houston1Today marks the anniversary of the most deadly terror attack that happened on U.S. soil.  We lost 2,977 mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends and battle buddies, which solidified us as a nation and let the world see our determination and unity when confronted with adversity.

President Bush best described it when he said, “Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature, and we responded with the best of America– with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.”

I love this country and had the privilege to serve “her” for 20 years with the finest of Soldiers both here in the United States and other locations across the world.  (I now continue to serve my brothers and sisters as Triage Director for Stop Soldier Suicide.)

Our country defines what it is to experience life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  In the face of tyranny we show that individuals from different ethnic groups, religions, and beliefs can come together when the time presents itself.

If you have the opportunity to pause for a brief moment of silence, please do so in honor of those who had their lives so tragically taken.

If you have the opportunity, thank those first responders that face danger every day and aid and protect those of our country.

If you have the opportunity, thank those members in uniform who take the fight to the enemy in every part of the world so that we do not see another event like 9/11 occur.

Lastly thank one another for being Americans, continuing to stick by each other’s side, because we all make this country magnificent. And during Suicide Prevention Month, this makes it all even more important to remember that together we can and will overcome!

Shawn Jones is a retired Air Force and Amy Veteran, now Triage Director for Stop Soldier Suicide

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Author: Shawn Jones
Date: September 11, 2015
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