We’ll Never Forget…

9/11 rememberance ceremony at ENMU

By Marketta A. Davis

“Ten years ago a complacent nation got a wakeup call.  Even as a world superpower, we aren’t invincible.  But united as a nation under God, we boldly responded by declaring war on terrorism.  Have we forgotten why we fight and what we are fighting for?  Have we forgotten those who gave all for our freedoms?  I know at moments I have, but their blood, sweat, and tears have paid the price for liberty just as Christ paid for our eternal freedom.  Remember America.  We are more than what we’ve become.”

These beautiful and compelling words were written by Lance Cpl. Robert Wayne Nave Jr. of the United States Marine Corps.  He is currently stationed in San Diego, Calif.  He enlisted eight years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but the events of that day still played a major role in his enlistment decision. 

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Nave was on his way to class at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. when he heard the news on the radio.  Spc. David Parker of the U.S. Army, who is currently separated and living in Pelham, Ala., was celebrating the birth of his son and was called to duty just three days later.  Parker was deployed to Iraq in June 2007 and served as a Humvee gunner.  He remembers watching the events on television when he was in the ninth or tenth grade; and although it made him want to join the military, his experience overseas resulted in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Even as a soldier, he admits to being scared during that time.  “Having to take another life doesn’t sit well me,” he explained.  Coast Guard member Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachery P. Spencer is stationed in St. Marys, Ga.  He was in seventh grade when the attacks began.  His principal called everyone to the auditorium to break the news to the students.  “It made terrorism real for me,” he said.  Tech. Sgt. Jake Dean of the Air Force is presently in Middle Eastern Qatar.  He was working the day of the tragedy and when the first plane crashed into the towers, he and his coworkers thought it was an accident.  After the second plane hit, they knew it was time to get work and do their part in recovering from the incidents.  U.S. Navy member Seaman Jonathan Nave—Robert Nave’s brother—serves on the USS Higgins destroyer based out of San Diego, Calif.  Nave believes that we, as Americans, cannot just stand by and let these types of acts happen then do nothing.  He feels a sense of pride knowing that he is doing something for his country.

Every branch of the U.S. military was heavily affected by these events but their families were affected just as much if not more.  As a military spouse, I myself can attest to Nave’s same feeling of pride.  Even though I do not directly serve as a soldier in the military, my husband proudly serves in the Air Force here at Cannon Air Force Base.  I know first-hand how hard these men and women work to protect our country.  Sometimes they have to work long hours, obey orders they do not necessarily agree with, and are deployed to other cities and even countries on a moment’s notice.  It is just as hard to be a military spouse as it is to be a military member.  Fortunately there are base organizations that assist spouses with issues such as these so that when things like 9/11 happened, we had the resources and support we needed to continue being the cornerstones that our soldiers needed.  It is a difficult job but at the end of the day, I know I am doing at least a little part in helping to defend our country simply by encouraging my husband and showing compassion for our U.S. militia.

The events that happened ten years on Sept. 11, 2001 were beyond devastating and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of family, friends, and loved ones.  This was truly a test of our unity and strength and brought much of the country together in repairing the damage and heartache in those that were lost.  Our military played a vital role in this repair as well as other servicemen such as police officers, firefighters, and good Samaritans.  As we remember 9/11 this year, let us not forget these dedicated Americans that helped to get us through those life changing events.  If you have a minute today in between classes, on your way to work, or even reading this article, please take a moment to remember and honor these Americans because we owe it to them to never forget.

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