Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Today

                  

 

I didn't and have never and will never live in NYC. I didn't know anyone who died that day. We had friends who worked at the Pentagon and for me that attack was what hit me and terrified me the most. That building was and is a symbol of strength, power, and a part of who we are. We lived aprox 15 miles or so from the Pentagon and I can't tell you how many times we drove by it while we lived at Ft.Belvoir, I was always mesmorized by it, for those who've never seen it...it's huge.

I'm only one of thousands of Military Wives. I'm a SOLDIERS wife. I have sat at home faithfully for 4 deployments, 2 to fight in THIS WAR (and don't say it's not a war, because it absolutely is). I support my husband and WHAT and WHY he fights.

 I remember driving and hearing about the first crash as I dropped 6 month old Jacob off at my friends on my way to work (at a bank...I'd put in my 2 wks notice the day before). I got to work and the 2nd plane crashed, then hearing them say the Pentagon was hit made me hit my knee's. Chad was in Kuwait, actually he was on the border of Kuwait/Iraq this day 6 yrs ago. They were told what happened and were all taken into a safe zone...no phone calls out, America was under attack. They had as much fear for all of us as we did for them...so much was unknown, so much fear.

I sat that evening...holding Jacob, rocking him, nursing him as tears flowed down my face and my ear to the phone as my finger continued to push redial as I tried to get ahold of my friend Rebekah who still was at Belvoir. Relief when I finally got through to her to know she was ok, emails from other friends who were there.

 

 

                

 

 

Someone wrote something about not forgetting, I can only speak for myself when I say that's impossible. I don't have the "convience" of forgetting. I don't have the "luxury" of not thinking about this day the other 364 days of the year like others do...my husband's in the Army and we live the after-math of this, it's our life. If Chad's not deployed one of our friends is. Right now we're looking at deployment #5...and his 3rd trip over there.

 

 

                               

 

 

Do I wish that what Gen. Petreus said yesterday was different, well of course. I don't like my husband having to leave us for a year, well at this point we're facing 15 month deployments....but it's his JOB. This is what he trains for, this is the POINT of the US Military. The point of having a military is DEFEND and they're doing exactly that.

As the saying goes...Freedom isn't Free and neither my friends is SAFETY. As you sit in your safe homes today and this evening, as you write your posts on what this day means to you...remember all the American Military who's out FIGHTING for your ability to be free and safe in a country that through it's faults is still the GREATEST NATION in the WORLD and if you don't believe that, it's time to get your priorities straight. If you hate America...GET OUT. I see no reason for my husband to fight for your butt if you can't even be THANKFUL for the country you live in.

           

 

God Bless the USA
By:
Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again
with just my children and my wife,
I'd thank my lucky stars
to be living here today,
'Cause the flag still stands for freedom
and they can't take that away.


I'm proudto be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.


From the lakes of Minnesota
to the hills of Tennessee,
Across the plains of Texas
from sea to shining sea.
From Detroit down to Houston
and New York to L.A.,
There's pride in every American heart
and it's time we stand and say:

I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

 

 

 

 

I won't ever forget....will you?

 

               

6 comments:

hbound4 said...

Christy,
What a GREAT post and I mean that will all my heart. Each and every word you said was true and you are so correct in the fact that your husband and many others I know and pray for are fighting a war and if others don't care or don't like it here get out. Move out of the way and let others who will not take it for granted live here. Like you I don't know anyone who died that day but it was so hard being a special ed. teachers's assist and away at camp with 150 children and not able to tell them what had happened that day and to put on a happy face the rest of the week. I for one will never forget.
Bless you and all the other military familes not just today but always.
Sharon
hbound4@msn.com
journals.aol.com/hbound4/struggle-within

pixiedustnme said...

well, i see you got a little fired up today!  you know I agree with you and in so many ways i wish it could be different.  but if somebody has to be out there i am glad those numbers include God fearing men like Chad, and I'm glad there are beautiful wives and mother's like you keeping the home fires burning!

stupidsheetguy said...

I wanted to stop and thank you for your contribution to assure that no one forgets the events of that day. We're in a different world because of 9.11, and families are yours are making continuing sacrifices in order to prevent something like that from ever happening again. Thanks for everything.

Jimmy

tsalagiman1 said...

Hi Christy,

A great entry.  I too fully support why your husband and all of our Armed Forces personnel are there.  I am very thankful to live in America and the debt we owe our military for keeping us free is one that can never be repaid.

Dirk

fairylaura said...

GREAT entry!!!! Fantastic!

springangel235 said...

Fantastic entry...thanks for sharing...hugs,
Joyce