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            On September 11, 2001, the comfort blanket that we live under in the United States of America was shattered by acts of terrorism. September 11, 2001, a crisp, clear and otherwise very normal day, but a day that I will never forget for it is the day that America came under attack. Now a year later, Americans as well as people from all over the world reflect on this cowardly act of terrorism. Many laws have been made and others changed in order to avoid the events of what is now been dubbed 9-11. Why did they kill so many innocent people? Are there alternatives to wars? Why does the world seem to hate the United States of America? These are some of the questions that we now ask ourselves.
             As the mother and wife of two service members, the attack on America on September 11, 2001 hit very close to home. The freedom that we value so much and the security we have found in our homes were forever taken. Horror and fear were our new companions. America was at war, but we were in shock and could not recognize that the enemy had brought the war to our land. Thousands of people hurt, killed, missing. Sept. 11, 2001, was a day filled with tragedy and horror for millions of Americans, and a day of intense pressure for government officials who had to decide moment by moment what to do. .
             Today, we have not forgotten those that died. We still want to bring those responsible to justice. We want peace but we share the grief and burden of those families that lost loved ones. The torn families, the children that will never meet their parents, and those that are still missing, they deserve justice. Are we as Americans justified in what we do to bring these people to justice? Yes! Terrorists must know that their actions will open doors to our reactions. We pray for peace and we go to war knowing that freedom does not come cheap. Freedom has casualties, freedom sheds blood. Freedom has a price.

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