PRIDE & COURAGE

THE DEFINITION OF AMERICA

By Mindy K. Urueta

DF-ST-87-06962 The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense.  DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

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The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

Every adult in America will most likely carry the image of the second plane hitting the South Tower of the World Trade Center in the recesses of their minds for the rest of their lives. It’s a part of our history now. Violent, tragic and merciless. America was under attack and as protectors of freedom we bonded together, stood tall and fought back. United by a flag with 13 stripes and 50 stars, America reacted to the attacks on our people and our buildings with strength and valor.

It is often recalled by those in New York City at the time that the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 began as a cloudless, beautiful late summer day. Local elections were underway, the military was conducting training missions across the nation, Congress was beginning their day on Capitol Hill, and the President of the United States was participating in a simple story time with a Florida elementary school class. With nothing seemingly out of the ordinary, the world was shocked when reports of a plane hitting the North Tower began flooding media outlets. Live cameras captured the moments of terror, forever imprinting the American people with the shocking reality of four words whispered to President George W. Bush by Chief of Staff Andrew Card, as the president listened to the school children: “America is under attack.”

American FlagsIn those moments of chaos, surrounded by loss, violence and confusion, Americans everywhere stepped forward with a common singular thought, “How can I help fix this?” There was a rush of active duty and reserve enlistments or reenlistments, young and old anxious to stand up for the United States, to defend our nation, and to identify and respond to those individuals responsible.… Read the rest

Source: MMS