Remembering September 11th, 2001.
Aaron M. Phillips | USMC Veteran
Executive Director |The Warrior Connection
Today we honor 2,977 lives claimed by the brutal attacks of September 11th, 2001. Americans who woke that day never anticipating an attack on their place of work or against this country; innocents from all walks of life who hailed from different 90 nations; murdered by attackers perpetrating malice.
19 Islamic extremists disguised in false religious garb thought by hurting America, they could scare us into submission, 18 years ago today. And, although the day would prove tragic for many, heroism and compassion were boundless on 9/11, 2001. Patriots from all backgrounds and all walks of life responded with speed, with courage, and with compassion for their fellow Americans. In the aftermath of the attacks, our nation rallied together as one, as we did generations ago during times like World War II.
So, today, we remember the loss of so many in New York City, in a somber field in Pennsylvania, and in the strategic halls of the Pentagon, and many more lost in battles since -- some of those battles still raging today. May we be mindful and resolute that all of their deaths, like their lives, shall continue to have meaning to all Americans.
Since 9/11, nearly 8,000 military members, DOD civilians, and military contractors, all US citizens, have paid the ultimate price for our country on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan. While at the same time, almost 16,000 more service members have died from issues relating to substance abuse, motor vehicle accidents, and training exercises. And, while estimates range, approximately 130,000 veterans died from suicide during that same period, Sept. 2001, to Sept. 2019. Please let that sink in a moment.
To the families of those who perished that day, and to those we have lost in Iraq and Afghanistan since, and especially to those that are still with us today, yet struggling because of there experiences since 9/11, know that the suffering you have endured drives us in our mission today and every day.
On this day of remembrance, we will speak their names, we will honor their memory in positive ways, and at The Warrior Connection, we will continue our efforts to improve the lives and the overall well-being of our veterans and their families, through our healing work.
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Semper Fi (always faithful),
Aaron M. Phillips | Executive Director
United States Marine Corps | Veteran
The Warrior Connection, Inc.