On Sept. 11, 2001, we were on our way to Green River, Utah, with our Good Sams Travel Club. After we got there and settled, someone turned on their TV in their RV. No one could believe it, and it reminded some of the attack on American soil in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, as we had a lot of veterans of World War II in our group.
We watched in horror as the towers fell and our people were not recovered, just pieces of their possessions and bits of their lives. Later, the attack on the Pentagon and the crash in Pennsylvania were unbelievable. Day after day, we watched as firefighters and volunteers went into that hellhole where the towers fell, risking their lives to look for victims. We wanted to do something to help so we sent money and prayed -- what else could we do, we asked ourselves? Why did this happen to our country and who could hate us that much? We asked these questions over and over in our grief.
When the truth of the terrorists came out, it did not answer any of our questions, but it certainly did make us mistrustful of just about everybody. We woke up and realized that the U.S.A. would never be the same. We got into two long wars that have nearly bankrupted our country. So many young men and women soldiers have been killed, plus thousands more wounded and injured who will never be the same.
But life did not change much for us. Our sons and grandsons were not the right age for the military. When we have traveled, the security at the airports were much more rigorous and took much longer. The terrorists took away our innocence, and the succeeding wars have taken our young men and women. The wars have meant heartbreak for us all, but most of the sacrifices have been made by our military families.
Our government who makes the decisions to get us into war does not sacrifice at all. I wish we could get out of the war business and bring all of our soldiers home to live in peace. I pray about it a lot but it continues year after year after year.
-- Judy Gabourie