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A Day In Memory Of 9-11-2001


IMG_0156Today is 9-11-2015. It has been 14 years since that tragic day, when so many lost their lives to a senseless attack on our country.  That horrific day will remain with me till I die as it will with so many.

I live in a small town and we are a proud little town. Today was not another day for us. My town made a huge statement today by having a 3 day memorial for those that have lost their lives in 9-11 and to the fallen soldiers that have lived in our county and state.IMG_0177

We have a memorial park called Freedom Grove Park. It’s located at the edge of town so everyone that drives by can view. The walkway of the park is paved with bricks that have soldiers name engraved that have served or are still serving and live in our county. There is also a monument that is a piece of the Twin Towers. It is the center of the park and it is lit up every night for all to see.

Today our community did something special. Around the monument was placed over 290 flags. On the staff of each flag was a name of an Ohio soldier that lost their life in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9-11. Seeing all these flags with a soldiers name was heartbreaking. Knowing that anyone of those could have been a relative of mine, it hit a strong note with me.

They also filled the park with smaller flags. In total there are over 750 flags flying in this little park. There were photos of soldiers in large frames placed around the trees of the park. There was a large mosaic of the American flag and 3 large signs that held the names of the people lost on 9-11. There was patriotic music being played as you walked around the park.IMG_0157

I was already choked up before I  started my walk around. As I walked  the park I would take a few steps and take some photos and read a sign or look at some pictures.  With each step I was overwhelmed with sadness and pride at the same time. Sadness, knowing that every name in the park was of someone that lost their life. Knowing that there are families and loved ones attached to each name. Pride, knowing that each fallen soldier made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Pride, knowing that those attacks on 9-11 made our country come together for the greater good.IMG_0220

As I stood in the middle of the flags the only sound I heard were the flags waving in the breeze. This sound blocked out the music being played and the highway nearby. To me this was a beautiful sound. Each and every flag whooshed around with a snap as the air carried the flag to be extended, stand tall and proud. With each whoosh and snap I heard, it brought a smile to my face. I do love my country.

I ended my walk with the 9-11 memorial of the piece of one of the Twin Towers. As I gazed upon the piece of steel beam that is twisted and eroded, sadness overcame me. My heart sank into my stomach. Remembering that horrific day and thinking about all those terrified, helpless people. I began to cry for them and their families. I will never be able to image the pain they have and still endure.IMG_0232IMG_0227 (2)

I was taking my last few pictures when I nice looking, very fit young man, was walking towards me. As he passed me, I noticed his military tattoo on his calf and I asked him if  he was a service man. He softly answered, “Yes, ma’am. I then said “Thank you for your service”. His response was surprising because he stated, “no Thanks needed, ma’am. I quickly responded by saying, he deserves everyone’s Thanks because he made a choice to serve our country. I continued talking with him and reiterating my Thanks to him. He then kindly accepted the well-deserved Thank You and went on his way.

It’s that type of humility our service men and women have. These folks don’t see that the choice they made to serve as being a big deal, it’s just something they had to do. Just like those police officers and firemen that went into the towers. They were doing their jobs. If it weren’t for those brave and courageous men and women on 9-11 many more lives would have been lost that day.IMG_0163

As you head to bed this evening, say a prayer for the families and friends that lost a loved one on 9-11-2001. I know I will.

The next time you see a police officer, a fireman or a military person, tell them Thank You. They put their lives on the line every day to protect us. They deserve our respect and our gratitude, because I know I couldn’t do any of those jobs, could you?


Never Forgotten

Local Cemetery

Local Cemetery

Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day.

I know for most of us we are looking forward to having a long weekend and enjoying some time off from work. It is great to spend extra time with family and friends this weekend.

For me this weekend reminds me of all my family, Uncles and cousins that have served and still serving this great nation in the armed forces. It reminds me that our country’s freedom has a price.

That price is the commitment these folks give to our country. They are away from their families for long periods of time and sometimes with no communications for weeks or months to their families. The greatest price that is paid for our freedom and protection is: these brave men and women are willing and proud to lay down their lives for you, me and for their brothers/sisters fighting beside them.

We live in an amazing country, let’s not forget how we got here and the people that laid their lives on the line for all of us to enjoy this great country.

This weekend is to remember the ones that have gave their lives protecting our freedom. Remembering those still serving to protect us.

I want to challenge you to “Thank” a vet, any vet.

In Memory of those who have served

In Memory of those who have served

Buy a dozen flowers and go to your local cemetery and place a flower on each headstone that represents a soldier.

Put an American flag in the window of your home or in your yard.

If you know someone that has served or is serving, Make a phone call and tell them Thank You. Send them a text.

Go on social media and “Thank” every person that has served our country.

Plant a tree in memory of the ones that gave their lives.

My point is, don’t let this weekend be just another extra-long weekend.

God Bless The USA

God Bless The USA

On a personal note, My “Thank You”.

To my Grandpa’s brother, Woodrow Dixon: Served as a Navy gunner in WWII. He gave his life on September 11, 1943 on his ship the USS Savannah (a destroyer) when it was hit with a 500 pound bomb. Woodrow has a marker at Arlington National Cemetery. Thank you, Woodrow for your sacrifice. You gave your life to protect mine.

To my Grandpa’s nephew, CP Dixon: served as a pilot for our country in 3 wars, WWII, Korean and Vietnam. He was shot down 3 times and lived to tell his story. Thank you for your bravery.

I am grateful for my Uncles that have served. I wish I could name all of you. There have been so many I do not want to leave anyone out. But you know who you are. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice by serving our country and protecting our family.

Thank you to all my cousins that are serving or have served. You are a wonderful group of human beings and I am blessed to call you family. Thank you for protecting our country and preserving our freedom. Most of all thank you for your bravery and your love for country.

I love each one of you and so very proud to call you family.

To all the service-men/women in my family, to the ones that gave the ultimate sacrifice, to you that have served/still serving and protecting this great nation. Thank you, your love for family and country does not go unnoticed and will always be remembered.

Thank You

Thank You