Firefighters raise an American flag at the World Trade Center.
Photograph by Thomas E. Franklin
Our unit here in Afghanistan recently received an envelope full of heart warming cards and letters from some wonderful children and young adults. The messages of thanks and encouragement to all of us soldiers was the highlight of our day. Often times over here it is easy to forget why we are here and what we are protecting and defending. The messages from the cards was a welcome reminder.
We are blessed to live in the USA and it our hope that the people of Afghanistan can someday have the same liberties and freedoms that we enjoy.
Likewise, it is great to know that we are remembered. Their lives are very busy and fro them to take the time to write us letters makes us all feel very good.
Please convey our gratitude to all of the children.
Today we remember the murder of innocent people aboard four flights, inside the World Trade Center, and inside the Pentagon; the sacrifice of first responders in New York; the sacrifice of military and civilian personnel who fight terrorism; and the families who lost loved ones in the past 11 years. My thoughts and prayers are with you everyday.
Ahuwale ka po’okela I kāu hana iā ha’i.
It is through the way you serve others
that your greatness will be felt.
Kim in Hawaii