Today’s post has nothing to do with tennis. Although tennis ranks high in my life, it will never rate as high as my love for this country and those who’ve lost their lives either defending it or who were innocent victims of our enemies.
On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, I was in a meeting at the base hospital on Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. We were in the middle of our morning executive staff meeting when we were notified that something tragic was happening in New York. We immediately went down the hall to our Medical Control Center and watch as the events unfolded on TV. We arrived just as the second airliner crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. At that moment I knew our great country was under attack and my life, and the lives of all my comrades in arms, would change forever.
The room went eerily quiet as we watch in disbelief. This was a first for our country. No one had ever attacked us on our home soil, and believe me when I say all of us in uniform took this attack personally. I wasn’t only upset as a military man, but I was furious because I was a New Yorker! How dare someone attack my home state?—the state of my childhood. Suddenly, I remembered all my trips to “the city.” And, suddenly our nation felt so vulnerable.
Needless to say, life changed for us all; not only those of us in uniform, but our entire nation. We all felt like the day you found out there wasn’t really a Santa Claus—our innocence was lost.
The one good thing that came out of this tragedy (if you can say anything good came out of that day) was the increased patriotism and pulling together of our nation. Never before was I so proud to serve the people of this great country. Everywhere you looked people were united in their belief of what our country stood for.
In these 10 short years since the attacks on 9/11 I’ve seen this country take a few steps backwards. I’ve seen people’s greed cause a crash of our economy. I’ve seen our politicians at odds with one another. I’ve seen our country slip down the world rankings in numerous categories. And, I’ve seen our patriotism wane. Let us remember we live in the greatest country in the world and we can do anything if we pull together and put our minds to it. Let’s not wait for another tragedy to get us moving in the right direction.
Love your family, love your neighbor, and love your country! Do whatever you can to make everyday a little better.
And, never, ever forget the events of September 11, 2001 and how you felt!
See you on the courts!
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