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Remembering September 11, 2001

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I thought today being the anniversary of the terrorist strike on American soil that I would share this letter I received from a friend who was there in Iraq.


 


"On this day, September 11, 2001, I got a phone call which woke me up about 0945 from a dear friend. Her name is Valerie *******. She advised me to turn on the television because I would not believe what was happening. As she and I watched the first tower get hit and then the second, words cannot describe the emotions that ran through the two of us as we watched the horror on television. As I watched in shock and horror, I knew somehow, someday, I would go somewhere on foreign soil to retaliate against the people who did this. I never knew how drastically it would change my life.


Two and a half years later, I would get that chance. I was called to active duty in October of 2003. The military advised us that it was only “annual training”. We all knew there was so much more to it than that. We were right. We got deployment orders very soon after that for Iraq.


My battle buddy and dear friend, Sgt. Brian ***** and I stood one day in the parking lot at the armory and were talking about our fate. We both had medical problems that if we had made it an issue, we could have gotten out of the deployment. That day, we made a pact with each other that we would go to Iraq together regardless of the consequences and fight for freedom which isn’t free. We did not know how that decision on that day would change the rest of our lives forever.


On February 2004, my comrades and myself put boots on foreign ground. It was a feeling that was indescribable. When we made our way into Iraq, only the soldiers who were with me and the ones before and after me could understand the rush of emotions running through each of us. As I drove into the God forbidden country from Kuwait into Iraq in a Humvee with soft doors and no armor, the overwhelming feeling of terror was difficult to control. But, the feeling of “for God and Country” made me proud to be An American Soldier.


I know a lot of you wondered what happened in those months in An Najaf. There were many questions asked of us then and even now. I do not know if I will ever be able to talk about the events that happened there but, I know with all my heart that without ALL of you, I would have had a more difficult time fighting for freedom. Thank you are words that do not seem sufficient for the support you all showed me when I was there. I will be forever indebted to the outstanding support to you all. You will never know how it felt to be able to call home, talk to a friendly voice or get letters and packages in the mail. It truly was inspirational to get those items and each time, I knew I was doing the right thing, that the decision that Sgt. Leach and I made that fateful day was not in vain. I fought for my Country but, most of all; I fought for my family and friends.


During this day, I ask that you remember what happened on that terrible day seven years ago. Then, pause for a moment, and thank a soldier who is willing to give their life "for God and Country".  Be truly grateful for what the military provides us: the ability to live with Freedom.


Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the support you gave me then and in these years after.


I love you all!


Sincerely,


Carol


 


Please be safe out there my Brothers and Sisters


Bill


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Thanks Bill God bless you and your family/ 

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Thanks Bill God bless you and your family/ 



Thanks DL


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