As we approach the 17th anniversary of 9/11, we thought it would be appropriate to stop and pause, and remember all of those over the last nearly 2 decades that have lost their lives in the battle against terror. Most of us that are in our 20’s, 30’s and older vividly remember exactly where we were, what we were doing and who it is we were doing it with when we heard of the awful news. Much like our parents and grandparents with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 9/11/2001 is a day that is forever ingrained in our brains. 

As many of us have gone on with our daily lives, it is vital that we remember the ones that died on that day, and those that have died in this war since, that have allowed us the freedom and privilege to go on with our daily lives. It is because of these brave men and women that we can go about our daily routines without the fear that was so pervasive in the days and months following this awful day. 

So as we approach 9/11, stop, say a prayer, and thank someone who served in the armed forces! It is because of them that we can do what we do! Let’s make gratefulness for our men and women in harms way a daily activity, and not just an occasional one when special, commemorative days come and go!