…but I am still remembering the impact that day had on me. During our small group last night, my husband asked for prayer for his friend who just returned from Afghanistan and that his transition back to civilian life with his family and wife would go smoothly.
It really got me thinking…
It’s hard to believe that 8 years have gone by since the day I watched 2 planes fly in to the twin towers. I remember…I was in my college apartment, when I got a call from someone who told me to turn on the tv. It didn’t matter what channel you were watching because every channel had coverage. I can remember being glued to the tv for the next 48 hours.
My heart ached for the families who lost loved ones. I remember wondering ‘how could this happen?’
The whole situation seemed surreal. I can’t say I was directly effected by the actions that those terrorists took on 9/11…because I did not personally know anyone who lost their life that day.
However, I can say that I was indirectly effected because no more than a few years later…my husband was sent to Baghdad to defend our freedom and fight for our country against the War on Terror. It was at that moment when I really understood the impact 9/11 had on the country.
I spent 15 months without my husband. Although that seems like eternity (and trust me it felt like it)…we only had to put our lives on hold for a year and half. The people who lost someone in the attack on 9/11…had to give them up forever. I knew that, for me, 15 months was nothing compared to what those loved ones had to go through.
And if it meant that we, as a country, were fighting for those innocent men and women who were at the wrong place at the wrong time when the terrorists decided to pull off the horrific attack on 9/11 and so that our country didn’t have to ever face that again…then I knew…it was worth it.
Some wives were not as lucky as me. Some of those wives who sent their husbands off to war would never see them again. Talk about complete sacrifice. One of those wives happens to be the wife of SSG Joshua Melton. A combat buddy of my husbands. Even though the events on 9/11 happened 8 years ago…some are still feeling the effects of that day TODAY.
My heart literally broke when I saw this picture of SSG Melton’s wife, Larissa, and their 17 month old daughter reaching for her daddy.
9/11 is still impacting me. I still am feeling the effects of the actions of those terrorists. My husband and I are STILL watching his friends go and come from war because of the effects of that day. And for people like SSG Melton…and all the soldiers who have fought or are fighting to defend this country….THANK YOU! You are making our country a safer place.