Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day!


As an American I cannot be more grateful to live in the United States of America.  While I realize there are a lot of nice places on Earth with freedoms similar to ours, I’m grateful to be living where I am.

Today, I’d like to make a special post to those who give of themselves to keep us safe.  I recently finished a book titled The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden by Anthony Summers.  It is a terrific read if you have any interest in the history of that tragic event.  It’s well written and covers the story from multiple angles.  It is *highly recommended* if you like this sort of thing.

One of my big takeaways from the book is the incredible and almost incomprehensible bravery of those who ran into the buildings while anyone with a shred of self preservation was running out of the buildings.  We often salute those who are serving or have served in the military and rightfully so.  Often folks will talk about veterans and first responders and I have to admit that while I appreciated the efforts of all of those covered by the description of “first responders” I didn’t really think that much about it.  After reading this book, I’ve got a whole new appreciation for what they do.

Lots of first responders died on 9-11 and many many more passed of injuries sustained, including breathing all of the dust and pollutants.  Many of them realized that they were breathing poison… and went into the fray anyway.  Some died in the collapse.  Some even died by being hit by victims who jumped from the burning towers.

This post is totally inadequate to indicate just how grateful I am and how humbled I am by the incredible sacrifices of ALL the people who put their lives on the line every day.  God Bless all of you and the most heartfelt “thank you” I can muster.  You are all truly heroes.  Thank you for your service.

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