Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering September 11 and Honoring Our Heroes

Firefighters raise an American flag at the World Trade Center. 
Photograph by Thomas E. Franklin

I received this letter in the mail ....

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.  

Major JH
Kandahar, Afghanistan

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



  1. Thank you for a lovely post that honors our heroes and reminds us of the importance of the date.

  2. It's hard to believe it's been so many years already, when the emotions are still so raw.

  3. What a beautiful letter. I will always remember 9-11/

  4. That was a beautiful letter and post, Kim! Thank you for sharing.
    I will be thinking of them all on this difficult day of remembrance.

  5. Thank you Kim for posting that letter. It's hard to believe that 11 years have already gone by.

  6. Last month, when we were driving through southern Pennsylvania, Hubby and I visited the Flight 93 Memorial. What heroes those folks were!

    Thanks for your lovely post, Kim.

  7. Thank you for your post and for sharing the Major's letter. God Bless.

  8. Thanks for sharing the letter. Always good to remember.

  9. Well said and we should always remember!

  10. What a touching letter. Thanks so much. It is s tough day. I did know relatives of the fire fighters. Hard to live with.

  11. Today has been a day of prayer for the survivors and the surviving family members and remembrance for all those who lost their lives.

    Kim, thank your husband, for me, for what he does each and every day for this country and for me.

  12. That was really touching and, brought tears to my eyes. My friend's husband has just been deployed to Afghanistan, and I pray that he stays safe. He's already served 3 deployments to Iraq.

    My daughter is a Firefighter/Paramedic, and I always worry about her out in the field. I salute all these brave men and women of the armed forces and first responders, who put their lives on the line every day for us civilians.