Four American Marines woke up Thursday morning, got dressed, ate breakfast, and left home to drive to work, never to return. They had families. They were part of the community. They were part of our military.
Thursday’s terrorism attack on two U.S. Armed Forces recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by a lone 24-year-old gunman named Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez again points out the danger to America and the reason we need to be ever vigilant (see 4 Marines killed in attacks on Chattanooga military facilities). Four U.S. Marines, dead. Four families, shattered.
A city was terrorized for hours. A police officer and two other military members were injured including a female sailor who was badly wounded. The gunman is dead. There are questions about security and terrorism cells. Is America paying attention?
We lived through the terrorism attacks of September 11, 2001, that killed 3,000 innocent souls. In the 14 years since, some have forgotten while others were too young to have felt the impact. They need to know. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
We promised to never forget.
Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of those killed and injured on Thursday.
Wake up, America. Freedom is not free….