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9/11 – To Those Who Have Served

September 11, 2013

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93. For many, these are distant memories. A generation has been born since the attacks who do not know firsthand of the attacks. For others, they suffer from the effects of the attacks that day and the recovery efforts which took place thereafter. There is another group who still marches under the shadow of that day – those who took up arms in the days after the attacks in service of the nation.

Thousands of men and women have served the nation since 9/11, and most of those have seen combat in one, or both, of the wars. Some surrendered their lives; others came home bearing scars – both physical and mental. They, and their families, have sacrificed a great deal for the nation.

You may see or have seen blue star flags (or banners) or gold star flags in some windows. The blue star flag represents a family with someone in the service during a time of war – one star for each family member. The gold star flag represents a family who has lost a family member to the war. When you see these flags, remember these are families who are sacrificing for the nation. So regardless of your feelings towards the wars we are involved in, show appreciation and respect to those making sacrifices.

To those who have served and have since mustered out, I give my thanks and appreciation. Here is a tribute song to you and I by the Turnpike Troubadours called “Old Blue Star”.

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