While most of America enjoys this holiday with family and friends BBQ in the back yard. There is an entire generation reflecting on our past and the friends that are no longer with us. I try and not get to somber on this day but celebrate the life that I have because they do not have that ability. I have a choice, to be upset and depressed of the enormous amount of loss our community has suffered or celebrate the men that they were and how important they were to me. I choose to remember them and draw strength from each of their characters.
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When you read Never Forget, there are many of us that will truly never forget because it's the foundation of who we are and where we are. Don't take this the wrong way, we are not weak. We are stronger, smarter, and more united than ever before. The generation that was affected by that day will be forever ready to stand against any enemy and we are united together more than ever. Many organizations would not exist without the events of that day and the events of the past 15 years. We stood then, and we continue to stand now, ready to answer the call whether abroad or here at home.