First of all, I pray for all the families who lost loved ones during that terrible terrorist attack on the United States of America. Second of all I feel completely blessed to be a natural born citizen of our amazing country, the United States of America and I applaud those that realize what a wonderful country this is and have made the United States of America their homeland.
I can’t imagine what it must have been like for those families that day. What I do remember though is complete and utter shock and disbelief at what was happening. I remember that it was the first time that my son was not living under my roof, having left just a couple of weeks earlier to attend Hawaii Pacific University. I remember speaking with him on the phone and him telling us how the U.S. fighter jets were flying in escorting the commercial airplanes to landing. The commercial jets had been out over the ocean at the time that all air flight was grounded and Honolulu was the closed point to land. The U.S. fighter jets were there to make sure that if anything outside of an ordinary landing was going to happen, they would take care of it then and there. I remember that he lived in a high rise apartment complex not all that far from the Honolulu airport and the feeling of utter relief that I was actually hearing his voice and he was ok. The fact that my son was across an ocean from us on that day and jets were still flying into Honolulu with us not knowing if their intent was evil was one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to live through.
I know that there have been a lot of negative opinions because of the U.S. involvement in the war on terrorism these past few years. But I also know, that I am glad I live in a country where we are willing to at least try to fight this evil. I truly appreciate those who volunteer to protect us and their families that make the sacrifice as their loved ones are deployed and sometimes don’t come home.
We may or may not “win” the war on terrorism, but we won’t go down without a fight. I support our troops and I trust that those in charge know a lot more than I do about what is going on in other parts of the world, things I probably would not even want to know. I trust that making a military decision is not always going to sit well with a civilian way of doing something. That is why someone is “trained” in the military and doesn’t just show up on the front line one day. It is also why I feel that our Commander in Chief should have some type of military background or surround himself by the very best at the very least.
I know tomorrow will be a day of deep reflection and memories for most. A another day that will probably live in infamy.