I don't think any of us will ever forget what we were doing on that eventful day of September 11, 2001. We, as a nation, must never forget the attack upon our soil and the lives that were lost in the attack and in the aftermath.
We had a real wake-up call eight years ago, and it showed us our vulnerability. We are still not immune to future terrorist attacks in any shape or form. We count on our military forces for protection, and it is only fitting that we honor and pay tribute to those who are willing to put their lives on the line to help protect the freedom that we Americans have come to take for granted.
Our lives will never quite be the same after the attacks of eight years ago, and we must continue to protect ourselves at any cost. Unfortunately, that takes its toll on the members of the military, most of whom are young men and women. When I first saw this video and the campaign to show gratitude to members of the military, I vowed to make this small attempt at any time I could, to thank all who serve in our armed forces. I’ve done it in the airport and in shopping malls. And although it felt a bit awkward for me the first few times I did it, I know it did not go unnoticed and it was appreciated by the service men and women to whom it was addressed.
To those who have suffered the effects of the indignities of the war on terrorism, I thank you. To those who continue to join the ranks of the brave men and women who serve in the many capacities that help protect the freedom of this country, I thank you, too. Bravery is not limited to the combat field.
Won’t you take a moment out of your lives to honor a member of the military in some way or the other the next time you see him/her in public? It doesn’t have to be a salute. Walk up to them and just thank them for their service. Any gesture you make will not only make that person feel appreciated, but it might make their service to you seem just a little closer to home.