I stared at those word last night -words that were printed inside the thank you cards from Pete Ganci's family - and it struck me. If your freedom is threatened, you must fight for it. If the future of your children is threatened, you must fight for it. If you want freedom, you must take a stance for it.
Plenty of people have been saying this, and I echo it: Whether you are for or against a war, a bombing, what have you, you need to back the people who are out there fighting. I am not a warmonger by any means. But I was old enough when the Vietnam War ended to remember the pain and humiliation the veterans of that war suffered when they came home.
I am just accepting the inevitable and I fervently hope that the results are what our administration wants them to be. And I am hoping that the American people - especially those who think it is a mistake to go to war - will still embrace those who are fighting for us.
I think of what Pete Ganci did on September 11, 2001. I often wonder what the his last thoughts, and the thoughts of all of the victims were. I wonder how many of them would say now, if they could "don't let this happen again".