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Earlier today, via her Facebook page, Sarah Palin requested prayers for our military men and women who continue to protect us as well as prayers for the families affected by the tragedy of September 11th, 2001.
We remember that eleven years ago today nearly
three thousand of our fellow Americans were killed by evil men. Every
year on the anniversary of 9-11, we read out the names of those who died
and comfort their families, and at military recruiting centers
throughout the country, young men and women choose this day to enlist to
serve their fellow Americans and ensure that something like this never
happens again. While some try to move on
with their lives and let the tragedy of that day recede in their
memories, our men and women in uniform remain ever vigilant for us.
Today, let’s take time to remember the victims of September 11. Let’s
say a prayer for their families. Let’s comfort their children left
behind. And let’s also remember our men and women in uniform who enlist
to protect us from tragedies like this. Let’s remember that American
troops are still fighting in Afghanistan now, and they’re dying this
year at an average of one a day. Let’s never forget the heavy price they
pay to keep us free.
Always ahead of the curve, Palin reminds of us of the importance of Alaska's missile defense system to our national security. As former commander-in-chief of the Alaska's National Guard, Palin is intimately aquainted with their important role in defending this country.
On the campaign trail four years ago I talked about Alaska's strategic location on the globe, the potential for future conflicts over arctic transportation lanes and resources, and the crucial need to keep our eye on Putin's activities. Later I spoke out against Obama's egregious decision to cut back Alaska's missile defense systems. Please take a look at this article about Russia's arctic war game exercises earlier this month. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who was paying attention four years ago. Maybe now we should ask the President if this is what "more flexibility" means.
Palin then provided a link to "The Bear at the Door" published by The Washington Free Beacon:
Russian strategic nuclear bombers threatened U.S. airspace near Alaska earlier this month and F-15 jets responded by intercepting the aircraft taking part in large-scale arctic war games, according to defense officials.
The Russian war games began the same day President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a frosty summit meeting in Mexico June 18.
U.S. officials said the arctic exercises over the Russian Far East and Pacific appeared to be a further sign of Russia’s hardening posture toward the United States.
The Obama administration made no protest of the bomber intrusions, according to the officials, in line with its conciliatory “reset” policy of seeking warmer ties with Moscow.
About 30 strategic nuclear bombers and support aircraft took part in the war games that continued through June 25. The aircraft included Tu-95MS Bear H and Tu-160 Blackjack nuclear-capable bombers, along with Il-76 refueling tankers, A-50 airborne warning and control aircraft, and Su-27 and MiG-31 jet fighters. Some 200 troops also took part in the Russian Strategic Aviation forces exercise.
A spokesman for the joint U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense command in Colorado Springs, which monitors air defense intrusions, had no immediate comment. A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment.
U.S. and Canadian F-15 and F-16 jets were involved in the intercepts that took place near the Air Identification Zone surrounding Alaskan airspace over the northern Pacific. More
Posted to Sarah Palin's Facebook page moments ago:
Ten years ago today, ordinary Americans went to work or boarded a plane and found themselves fighting on the frontlines of a battle they did not choose. They acquitted themselves with grace and courage, just as the thousands of men and women who enlisted to fight in our armed forces—many on the anniversaries of this day—in order to exact justice for their fellow Americans. We will never forget those who died ten years ago today, we will never forget those who died in the war that started on that day, and we ask God to comfort and bless their families. From across this great nation, grateful Americans honor those who defend our homeland. God bless America.
2014 Update: We shall never forget. Pray for the families and pray for our nation. May God shed his grace on thee.
2013 Update: On September 11, 2012 our nation was once again attacked but this time it was in Benghazi, Libya. Many questions remain and families that lost their loved ones can't seem to get answers. I would urge you to pray for our nation.
2012 Update: It's now been eleven years and for many, the pain of that day is still raw, the event still unimaginable. In a moment of quiet, take time to remember.
2011 Update: This post was originally published two years ago as part of Project 2996, an effort by bloggers to remember the victims of September 11th through individual memorials. If you have a blog, I would strongly encourage you to follow the link to Project 2996 and request the name of a victim so that you too can be an intregral part of this project.
I only spoke to Billy Minardi on the phone one or two times yet he left an impression on me. As a travel agent in Kentucky in the early 1990’s, part of my job involved booking travel for the University of Kentucky Basketball program. During that time period the head basketball coach at UK was Rick Pitino, brother-in-law of Billy Minardi. This connection placed me in a position to have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Minardi about travel arrangements needed for family members. Simply put, I remember a certain enthusiasm and friendliness in his voice that is always welcoming to someone who makes a living in a service industry. Needless to say, I was deeply saddened upon learning of his death on September 11th, 2001.
September 11th is a day of remembrance. Each and every American should pause, if only for a moment, to remember the terrorist attacks on our nation on that day. On a glorious September morning, everyday Americans just like you and I kissed their spouses and kids good-bye in the early morning hours going out to their jobs or flights only to be murdered a few short hours later. My heart and my prayers go out to those families. Each and every month on the 11th I have an alarm that sounds on my Palm PDA at 8:45 a.m., the time that American Airlines flight 11 hit the North Tower. It’s my way of remembering and offering up a short prayer. It’s my way of never forgetting because I truly believe that September 11th, 2001 was the defining moment in history for my generation.