It's been a few days since I have last updated my blog... I feel like I am seriously slacking!!! I need to keep on top of this stuff. Well, I figured the best day for me to get back into a groove would be to post about something that has a great significance in the world.
Most people have the common phrase "Where were you" about significant events like this and I can answer that with certainty! I was a young Private First Class in the United States Marine Corps.... I had just finished Boot Camp and my MOS (Military Occupational Specialty, or job) school/training and had been at my new duty station for less then 6 months when 9-11-01 arrived. I remember getting into work that morning and seeing my Warrant Officer come out of his office with a very down and nostalgic look on his face. Before anyone could ask what was going on, he simply stated that the world trade center had been struck by a plane. It didn't take long for us to go into emergency lock down mode. With in hours of the two buildings collapsing, we had moved weapons and security measures into place surrounding our barracks and had our whole building on lock down. It was virtually harder to get into the Marine Corps Barracks, then it was to get on the whole naval base of Norfolk, VA. We were standing at one point 8 hour guard shifts, and still working our normal jobs. There were some days that we were lucky enough to get a couple hours of rest before or after a guard shift or a regular work shift. We had sent Marines to New York to help with security of the medical ships that were there with in hours of the towers collapsing as well. I can tell you that those next few months were pretty hectic and long! Since then, I have seen my younger brother deploy twice to the Middle East, once to Iraq and another to Afghanistan. I have had friends who have lost their lives defending the freedoms that most take for granted everyday, and I don't think I can ever forget what that day has meant or how it has impacted my life, and the lives of those around me! Let us never forget!