Bayshore Patriots to Wave Flags on Monday

A photo from a previous Bayshore Patriot flag waving event along Tampa's main boulevard.

They will be waving flags today (Monday, 2 May 2011) along Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard from 5 to about 6:30 this evening.

Bayshore Boulevard runs from MacDill Air Force Base at the southern tip of Tampa along the waterfront north to downtown. Many workers and military personnel from that base drive that road. So, that’s why the routine started as a way to acknowledge those fighting terrorism.

The Bayshore Patriots usually go out every Friday afternoon and for honor patrols of the fallen heroes. But, today they will wave flags in memory of those lost in 9-11 attacks.

Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch: Bin Laden Is No More

It was a normal Sunday night in the Dorr household, the children were asleep, and after having spent quality time together, I headed to watch television in bed whilst Brian turned on his Xbox. I wasn’t watching for more than a few minutes when the announcement that President Obama was going to speak, unexpectedly, came through.

Earlier in the day, MacDill Air Force Base had gone to DEFCON BRAVO, and we were all wondering why. That question was answered with the exciting news that Osama Bin Laden was killed. Facebook erupted with statuses of elation, and I ran out to the living room to tell Brian (playing Xbox Live with his twin Richie).

Brian was ecstatic, after 10 years that terrorist was finally captured, and killed.  Brian and his brother enlisted after 9/11, because of 9/11  like so many other service members. 

Is it wrong to be happy someone is dead? I find this case to be an exception, this is a man who has to blood of thousands of Americans on his hands, I think it is okay this time.

Will this war be over? No, of course not, after all he was not the only terrorist out there, new leaders have emerged, and followers still fight (fighting dirty I might add). I pray that our deployed troops face no retaliation.

Keeping this as honest as I can, I will say I was annoyed at the posts indicating “Obama did what G.W. couldn’t!” Very untrue, without Bush having set all of this in motion, it would never have happened, and last time I checked Obama isn’t out there doing the gritty footwork that is our intel and military. Seems like the most erroneous statement, however, I look past it.

Other Facebook status’ claimed that the military deserve a raise, (this coming off the coattails of the recent government shutdown fear) . My comment on this is, it is sad that any military member could possibly qualify for WIC (federal food subsidies for low income pregnant Women, Infants and Children).

All “soap-boxing” aside, it’s true, Bin Laden exists no longer. Justice has been served. I think this has thrown lighter fluid on embers that were our nation and sparked a patriotic fire, it was what Americans needed to hear. God Bless America!

A Prayer Offered upon the News of Osama Bin Laden’s Death

I do not have the origin of the following prayer. However, it is a popular posting among military spouses after the news that a U.S. led operation killed Osama Bin Laden the “master mind” behind the 9/11 attacks.

May 1st Prayer….

Now I lay me down to sleep…one less terrorist this world does keep…with all my heart I give my thanks…to those in uniform regardless of ranks…you serve our country and serve it well…with humble hearts your stories tell…so as I rest my weary eyes…while freedom rings our flag still flies…you give your all, do what you must…with God we live and God we trust….Amen

Here’s a You Tube video posted by web producer Ben Brock Johnson of the celebration in Times Square:

News of Bin Laden’s death was announced late Sunday night. Here are some additional news accounts:

National Public Radio


Wall Street Journal

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