By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
Wednesday, we will observe Patriot Day, a national day of service and remembrance for the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives during the terror attacks on our homeland 18 years ago.
We must always honor those who lost their lives in this tragedy. We continue to pay tribute to the first responders who selflessly risked their lives so their fellow citizens and their nation might live.
Since then, many brave men and women answered the call to service. Our service members devoted themselves to America’s freedom and resolved that those who perished shall not have died in vain.
For 18 years, the military service member has been the strength of the nation, and their families have been the strength of the service member.
We rededicate ourselves to the ideals that define and unite us as one. We commemorate all the heroes who lost their lives saving others. They demonstrated their service, sacrifice, and resilience from America’s shores to the far reaches of the earth.
We are grateful for the brave Americans who protect our freedoms, such that our democracy — our government of the people, by the people, and for the people — shall not perish from the earth.
In their honor, we ask each patriot in the Team of Teams to have a moment of silence and reflect. Our service members, civilians, contractors and family members commit daily to making this post and this nation stronger together. Thank you for your steadfast support.
Victory starts here — victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)