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9/11 Heroes
Heroes of the War on Terror

How do we thank them?  How do you think brave men and women who give their all, for others.  Emergency workers, cops, and firefighters, have taken their rightful role as national heroes because one horrific morning.  The FENY lost 340 firefighters.  The NYPD lost 23 officers.  The Port Authority lost officers.  Eight EMTs and paramedics were also killed.   As of early January of this year, so far, 6,639 men and women of the United States armed forces have given their lives in the War on Terror.

I don’t mind admitting that I have very little sympathy for those who wish us ill.

The totals:

  • US Military Killed – 6,639
  • US Military Wounded – 50,422
  • US DoD Civilians Killed – 16
  • US Civilians Killed (including 9/11) – 3,000+
  • US Civilians Wounded – 6,000+
  • VA estimates 200,000 volunteers are suffering from PTSD

And – there are the heroes.  Of the 12 men who have received a Medal of Honor for their service in the War on Terror, six have paid the ultimate price.

  • Ty Carter
  • Jason Dunham *
  • Calvatore Guinta
  • Ross. A. McGinnis *
  • Dakota Meyer
  • Robert James Miller *
  • Michael A. Monsoor *
  • Jared C. Monti *
  • Michael P. Murphy *
  • Leroy Petry
  • Clinton Romesha
  • Paul Smith *

Successful Al-Qaeda attacks:

  •  2002 Bali bombings in Indonesia
  • 2003 Casablanca bombings and
  • 2003 Istanbul bombings in Turkey
  • 2004 Madrid train bombings in Spain
  • 7 July 2005 London bombings in the United Kingdom
  • 11 April 2007 Algiers bombings in Algeria
  • 2007 Casablanca bombings in Morocco
  • 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack in the United Kingdom
  • 2009 Fort Hood shooting in the United States
  • 2011 Cirebon bombing in Indonesia
  • 2011 Marrakech bombing in Morocco
  • 2011 Waltham murders in the United States
  • 2012 Toulouse and Montauban shootings in France
  • 2012 U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi in Libya
  • 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in the United States
  • 2013 Woolwich attack in the United Kingdom

Failed attacks:

  • 2004 financial buildings plot (United States and the United Kingdom)
  • 21 July 2005 London bombings (United Kingdom)
  • 2006 Toronto terrorism plot (Canada)
  • 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot involving liquid explosives carried onto commercial airplanes
  • 2006 Hudson River bomb plot (United States)
  • 2007 Fort Dix attack plot (United States)
  • 2007 London car bombs (United Kingdom)
  • 2007 John F. Kennedy International Airport attack plot (United States)
  • 2009 Bronx terrorism plot (United States)
  • 2009 New York Subway and United Kingdom Plot (United States and the United Kingdom)
  • 2009 Christmas Bomb Plot (United States)
  • 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt (United States)
  • 2010 cargo plane bomb plot (United States)
  • 2010 Portland car bomb plot (United States)
  • 2011 Dearborn mosque bombing plot (United States)
  • 2011 Manhattan terrorism plot (United States)
  • 2013 VIA Rail Canada terrorism plot (Canada)

In so many ways the attacks of September 11, 2001 will go down as one of the greatest miscalculations in history.  There are many criticisms that can be made of what has gone on since then, but, a sleeping giant was re-awakened.  We Americans are strange people, very much live and let live, until we are attacked. The aftermath of 9/11 should prove a warning to those who wish us harm.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When
There Are No Heroes, They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

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