9/11

I just got home from my monthly Army Guard duty; it is only fitting that I spent 9/11 with my fellow soldiers of the Hawai'i National Guard from sunrise to sunset. There's no place else I'd rather have been. Our day started like many others, with physical training, followed by fulfilling our monthly training requirements. We later gathered my soldiers together with their families, as we congratulated and thanked two retiring soldiers, promoted another, presented awards for outstanding service, and re-enlisted two of our young troops--a celebration of the selfless sacrifices being made by these outstanding soldiers, and recognizing their families for their unflinching support and great sacrifice. As the day went on, I reflected on what brought many of us together. Like myself, a majority of soldiers in my unit joined the National Guard because of 9/11. I looked at their faces, and felt inspired by their courage, patriotism, and selfless service. At the same time, I was saddened by the memories of friends who paid the ultimate price, and the knowledge that thousands of our brothers and sisters in uniform are still in harm's way, constantly facing the threat of injury or death. So on this anniversary of 9/11, as we offer our prayers to the victims of the terrorist attack on 9/11, we must also remember the heroic men and women of our Armed Forces who continue to put themselves in harm's way for all of us. They are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, uncles and aunties; they are our neighbors, our colleagues, and our friends. Let us pray for their safe and speedy return. Tulsi