Today is the nine year anniversary of the terrorist attack that brought us to our knees.
On 9/10 of 2001 we all felt safe. That changed the next day. We we’re attacked on our own land and thousands of innocent lives were lost.
I had never been through anything like that in my life. I was twenty three, living on Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. I remember my brother waking me up to tell me a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers. I got up and went to the television and watched in horror as the day unfolded.
An hour or so later, I was standing outside when I heard fighter jets flying over my house. They were accompanying Air Force One with the president and CNN just said the president was going to Stratcom. I was terrified that everyone knew where he was going and they would surely attack Offutt AFB. Thank God they didn’t.
This tragedy does not go away. It should not be forgotten. We should remember all those who lost their lives and remember their families that struggle everyday.
Here is a current picture of Lisa Beamer, she has became the stoic face of a nation determined to survive. Beamer’s husband, Todd, was credited for uttering the famous phrase “Let’s Roll” as he and other passengers of Flight 93 attempted to stop the hijackers. Beamer and his family became a national symbol of pride, heroism, and patriotism in the days following the 9/11 attacks.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
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Show highlights include appearances by Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, and Todd Wilbur, author of Top Secret Recipes; demonstrations by top local chefs and Elaine and David of TLC’s The Next Great Baker on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage; and daily how-to presentations by DIY expert, Chris Tice. Plus designer rooms, a Sunday food truck rally, featured products that are new to the market or making their Orlando Home Show debut, and much more!
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Beginning today, the Callaway Homecoming Initiative (CHI), a program a year-long in planning between Emory University, Callaway Gardens and Fort Benning’s Maneuver Operations Center for Excellence, becomes a reality.
The CHI is designed to help members of the U.S. Military reconnect with their families and assimilate into a peacetime home environment upon return from combat deployment. Set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in west-central Georgia at Callaway Gardens, this program brings soldiers and families together – at no personal expense – in a spectacular and serene setting, far from the stress and anxiety of war.
A series of classes, developed in partnership with Emory University’s School of Medicine Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit, features experts from around Georgia, who have volunteered their services.They provide information to soldiers and families about unique aspects of military family life and how to transition from the combat theater. Military families also participate in a regimen of outdoor team challenge,s including a timed adventure race, a zipline course, a laser tag competition and more. Ample time is built-in for recreational activities as well, including golf, tennis, fishing, bicycling and hiking. When the day’s activities end, CHI participants unwind in Callaway Gardens’ Southern Pine Cottages, set in a secluded woodland environment and equipped with screened porches, full kitchens and fireplaces.
The program is directed by J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology, and Director of the Emory Center for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Dr. Bremner also serves as Director of Mental Health Research at the Atlanta VAMC in Decatur, Georgia.
“With all expenses paid and a comprehensive program that addresses all aspects of the combat-to-peacetime transition, CHI is a win-win prospect for everyone – soldier, family and society at large,” said Dr. Bremner.
“Callaway Gardens was created to provide a place of nourishment for the soul, consolation for the heart, and inspiration for the mind,” said Edward Callaway, Callaway Gardens’ chairman of the board. “What better group of people to engage in this environment so that they can benefit from its beauty at such an important and critical time in their lives to re-connect with themselves, their family and their homeland after providing such an incredible service to our country.”
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