Last night was a tough loss, but the Ravens will be ok. They showed me a lot with the way that they played last night with everything that went wrong for the team. Maybe later today I will blog about some of them.
Today however is a day that football, baseball, and a lot of other things in my life and in the world take a back seat. Today is the day that I think back to Sep. 11, 2001, the darkest day in American history, and a day I will never forget. I was still in the Army and serving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., I will not go into a lot of details about that day, and some of it is in my bio if you care to read. I took part in the recovery and medical care for the tragedy at the Pentagon. Today I think about that day a lot, and remember the sights, sounds, smells, and victims that I came in contact with. I can still see everything I saw that day as vivid as if it happened last night. I don’t remember names, but I do remember things that are too graphic to talk about here. The phone calls from families wondering if their loved one was at the hospital. The phone calls people on our staff had to make to let people know that their loved one had passed away. Some times I think we forget what that day was like, today I will watch videos of that day, maybe talk to my wife and step kids about what they remember from that day when I got the phone call to report to work and not tell anyone other than family where you are going, and that you may not be home for a while. In 6 years of serving in the Army I was apart of a lot of things: being involved in a land mine incident when I was 18 years old in Korea, ceremonies, being part of President Bush’s inauguration ceremony, getting promoted to Seargent, and many other things, but above all being part of the Emergency team at WRAMC on Sep. 11 was the most memorable, and life changing.
So today as you Tuesday morning quarterback the Ravens loss last night, think about the men and women who are serving our country. Don’t forget the innocent victims and their families that 6 years ago their lives were changed forever.
Just take 5 minutes today and think about how lucky we are to live here, and although things are not perfect, this is still the greatest country in the world.