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We Will Remember

September 11, 2013

I think that most Americans over 5 years old on September 11th, 2001, will ever remember where they were when the planes hit the World Trade Center towers.

I know I will.

I was at work and remember getting news that a plane had hit the first tower. It was shocking. It made me suspicious that a plane hit a tower. I didn’t think it was an accident. And before long there was word that a second plane had hit the second tower. America was under attack.

That same day one other plane went down in a field in Pennsylvania (and not a building, thanks to heroes on that plane) and another plane went to Washington DC hitting the Pentagon building.

Thousands of people perished horrifically.

A co-worker of mine, Will Parzyszek, was visibly affected by the news of that day. Will had served in the military in the Gulf War before getting out and going into the insurance business where we met and worked closely together.

In the days that followed, Will made a decision to re-enlist in the military. Will ended up serving in Iraq.

One day in Iraq, Will’s military convoy came under attack by RPG (rocket propelled grenade) fire. The vehicle Will was in went off the road and Will was severely injured with a spinal injury. Will was medevac’d to a military hospital.

Will had several surgeries on his back in the days and months that followed and was in rehab for a long time. Will was discharged military duty for being unable to perform his military duties.

Will received the Purple Heart for his military service for which he was injured.

Will is an American hero.

While recovering from the injury Will met a girl and they married and had a daughter together. They named her Liberty.

Will went to back to school and studied to get a law degree and passed the bar to become a lawyer. He does volunteer service work helping other veterans.

I’m proud to call Will my friend.

And Will is just one of many heroic Americans who have served, protected and lost since September 11th.

Eternal vigilance is the cost of freedom.

And too many Americans, like Will, pay too disproportionately high a cost.

We have much to be thankful to Will, and others like him, for their service and sacrifice in protecting our lives and freedoms.

And, today. a prayerful pause of silence for the thousands of victims of 9/11, for patriots who have died defending our nation since 9/11, and for all their families.

We will remember.

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  1. September 12, 2013 7:56 am

    Wow, what a great story Ed. Will is truly an American hero and thank God for people like him. I especially love that he named his daughter Liberty. She has a beautiful story to tell when people ask how she got her name 🙂

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