Tampa Area Marine Parent Remembers September 11

BY CYD DEATHE

One of the things that will always stand out in my mind about September 11th and the days that would follow was the enormous outpouring of patriotism and pride in our country like this nation had not seen in many years.

Flags were flying everywhere, people had signs in their yard, painted their cars decorated their homes as if it were the 4th of July.

And you hugged your family a bit tighter.

Churches and communities held vigils and thousands poured out to pray and hope and cry together as a nation. Men and women from every race and culture standing side by side, working to save lives, hoping, searching, pushing themselves beyond human limits in order to help their fellow Americans.

In such a time of tragedy and loss, we came together an stood proud with our strength, courage and true patriotic spirit that American’s have been known for for hundreds of years.

How sad that it took such a tragic event to make us shine our very best and sadder still that we have let our lights dim once again as the years go by.

Today, stop … remember … feel that pride again as your think of the events of that tragic day and honor those who we lost and honor those that have continued the fight protecting us so such events never happen again.

Cyd Deathe is the Proud Mom of OIF Wounded Warrior Veteran LCpl Adam, USMC 03-07 and President – Executive Director of the Tampa Area Marine Parents Assoc., Inc.

Do You Remember Where Were You When …

I will always vividly remember sitting on the floor in modern dance when the door opened and in came the rest of the dance department students and faculty of the small arts college I attended. The pianist was confused and slowly came to a stop mid-bar as all of us taking the class finally realized that we needed to stop, too. It was the morning of September 11, 2001 and the Dean had gathered us together to let us know that planes had flown into the Twin Towers.

Classes were cancelled for the rest of the day and I made my way home from Downtown Miami. I spent the rest of the day watching the news as footage of the planes and later the buildings collapsing  played on a loop.

There would be the start of the war on terrorism, anthrax scares, countless speeches from elected officials, bombings, and the ever-growing list of things you can’t take on planes. It all instantly became the new normal and life continued.

We were getting ready for bed and my husband decided to check his Facebook page one last time. Seemingly out of nowhere, he said “Osama’s dead.” Thinking either I or he had misunderstood, he immediately began looking for information online and I turned on a local TV channel. There in big letters read: “Osama bin Laden has been killed.”

There was a moment of relief and celebration as we each scrolled through our Facebook pages reading everyone else’s comments and leaving a few of our own.

However, relief quickly turned to concern as the questions started running through my head: What now? What does this mean for my husbands’ job in the military? Will there be more deployments? What are they going to do to get back at us?

When the President came out to speak, I almost wanted to wake up my daughter. She’s only four months old but I thought I could tell her when she was older that she listened as the President told us we had one more reason to slept better at night.

Running errands around town on Monday, I sensed a buzz in the air as people talked about Bin Laden’s death, news coverage released more information, people celebrated in the streets and the Facebook posts continued. My personal favorite: The regular girl married the prince and the bad guy is dead. This weekend has been brought to you by Disney.

Does this fix anything? No. Could there be retaliation? Yes. Will we get through this phase of this ongoing saga? Definitely. Our soldiers still put on their uniforms and went to work today. Osama bin Laden’s followers aren’t going to just lay down their guns and walk away. However, I think America needed this reminder that our efforts are not in vain and we needed a reason to celebrate. It’s not over, but I hope we are getting there.

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.

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:

Military.com

National Public Radio

Reuters

Wall Street Journal

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