By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. Henney Hodgkins
Special to GUIDON
On Tuesday we will observe Patriot Day, also known as 9/11. It is a day dedicated to remembering and paying tribute to the 2,977 victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001, in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
As we remember the tragedy, we also take a moment to honor all of those who so nobly aided their fellow citizens in America’s time of need. We rededicate ourselves to the ideals that define our nation and unite us as one, as we commemorate all the heroes who lost their lives saving others.
This tragic day in our history also marked the beginning of the longest war that our nation has ever been a part of, and since then, many of our service members have been on the front lines in the fight against terrorism while our military families have remained strong and supportive on the home front.
The spirit of service and self-sacrifice that Americans demonstrated on 9/11 has been continuously demonstrated for the past 17 years by our service members and their families in places all around the world, as well as in our homeland.
We ask that you take a moment on Tuesday to reflect and remember. Whether you are a service member, civilian, contractor or family member, we are all patriots. And we all must do our part to ensure we never forget.
Thank you for what you do every day in support of this great country. We are thankful to live in this land where we are free because of the brave Americans who protect our freedoms.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Hodgkins is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood interim command sergeant major.)