America: We are UNITED!
These pages are dedicated to the heroes of
September 11, 2001

We saw the BEST of the American Spirit
These pages are dedicated to that Spirit
and to our Brave American Military
and our Military Families
making us the Greatest Country on Earth!

Our Soldiers & Veterans
It is the Soldier/Veteran,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier/Veteran,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier/Veteran,
not the community organizer,
who has given us
the freedom to assemble.
It is the Soldier/Veteran,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier/Veteran,
who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester
to burn the flag.

Marine Chaplain Dennis Edward O'Brian
August 8, 2009 Joe Kress (LTC retired) Says
Dennis Edward O’Brien was a US Marine during WWII trained as a forward artillery observer serving in the south pacific. AFTER his military service he became a Catholic priest. In that capacity later in life he served as the chaplain to the First Marine Division Association.
Authoritative sources who knew Father O’Brien state that he never claimed to be the author of the inspiring piece, “It is the soldier, not…”
He did not know who the author was, but used the quote and so his name became associated with it.
Sources –

TO Read
What Our Troops Say

The American Trinity
Read What Our Troops Say...

A Soldier's Perspective
Vets for Freedom
God Bless the USA
And ALL the Peoples of the World!
Freedom-Loving People Around the World

We were ALL Attacked this Infamous Day!
The Worst Attack on American Soil In The History Of Our Nation

"The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq, the one way that we could think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel, to let the world know that WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN THEM. We are proud to serve our country." Semper Fi, 1st Sgt. Dave Jobe
Written for Canada's Remembrance Day: "A Pittance of Time"
It's a wonderful tribute to Veterans of All Free Countries

Thoughts On Freedom
John Stuart Mill (British Philosopher, 1806-1873): "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
Marine Chaplain Dennis Edward O'Brian: "It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

Whether we are grateful or not,
they will continue to defend our freedoms.

TO Read
What Our Troops Say
This commercial about 9.11.2001 appeared Only Once
This commercial Thanking Our Troops appeared during
Super Bowl XXXIX

Our American troops, along with troops from dozens of other freedom-loving countries of the Coalition of the Willing,
sacrifice every comfort...their lives...
so WE can go about our daily WE can FORGET that we were EVERY AMERICAN has the FREEDOM to complain about traffic jams...about not getting a good night's sleep...become irate when our car gets a parking-lot ding...speak our minds on anything ~ including whether or not their service is defending the Freedom of peoples everywhere. (scroll down)

Whether we are grateful or not,
they will continue to defend our freedoms.

From A September 2004 Email

Our Troops...Our Best...
Praying, Protecting, Befriending, Missing Their Families, Pausing To Do Simple Things We Take For Granted.
Remember Them...Keep Them In Your Prayers.

This article has been sent around by email...It powerfully demonstrates why our brave Troops of every generation have always been willing to sacrifice so much...Paul Harvey had a great talent at being able to get to the very heart of any issue.
If you agree, copy and email this link...

Paul Harvey says:
I don't believe in Santa Claus, but I'm not going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December. I don't agree with Darwin, but I didn't go out and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his theory of evolution.
Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game.
So what's the big deal? It's not like somebody is up there reading the entire book of Acts. They're just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game.
"But it's a Christian prayer," some will argue.
Yes, and this is the United States of America, a country founded on Christian principles. According to our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1. So what would you expect ~ somebody chanting Hare Krishna?

If I went to a football game in Jerusalem, I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer.


If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer.


If I went to a ping pong match in China, I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha.



And I wouldn't be offended. It wouldn't bother me one bit. When in Rome...
"But what about the atheists?" is another argument.
What about them? Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We're not going to pass the collection plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that's asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession stand. Call your lawyer!
Unfortunately, one or two will make that call. One or two will tell thousands what they can and cannot do. I don't think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world's foundations.
Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating; to pray before we go to sleep.
Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to cease praying.
God, help us. And if that last sentence offends you, well ... just sue me.
The silent majority has been silent too long. It's time we let that one or two who scream loud enough to be heard .... that the vast majority don't care what they want. It is time the majority rules! It's time we tell them, you don't have to pray; you don't have to say the pledge of allegiance; you don't have to believe in God or attend services that honor Him. That is your right, and we will honor your right. But by golly, you are no longer going to take our rights away. We are fighting back ... and we WILL WIN!
God bless us one and all ... especially those who denounce Him. God bless America, despite all her faults. She is still the greatest nation of all.
God bless our service men who are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God.
May 2005 be the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the foundation of our families and institutions.
Keep looking up.

If you agree, copy and email this link...

Prayer for our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, & Airmen

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands...Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need."

Prayer Request: When you read this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world ~ and copy and email this link to all the people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you, please.... Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine and others deployed in harm's way, Prayer is the very best one.
PS: Don't forget about the civilian contractors. They are on the front lines with the military. They may make more money, but have none of the bennies of the military. They need your prayers for their safety too.

Because our Freedom is NOT Free...
This image is being sent across the web and is here to remind us all to pray for the safety of OUR BRAVE TROOPS who all VOLUNTEERED to defend us and the freedoms we rarely think about. They are our very best and deserve our undying gratitude.

This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to the 4th Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial museum in Fort Hood, Texas.
This statue was created by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad.
Kalat was so grateful to Americans for the liberation of his country, he melted three of the heads of the fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to American soldiers and their fallen warriors.
Kalat worked on this memorial night and day for several months. To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms.
Do you know why we don't hear about this in the news? Because it is heart warming and praiseworthy.
The media avoids it because it does not have the shock effect that a flashed breast or the controversy of politics does. But we can do something about it.
We can copy and email this link
to as many people as we can in honor of all our brave military who are making a difference. Thank you!!

An open letter to terrorists
You hit the World Trade Center, but you missed America.
You hit the Pentagon, but you missed America.
...America lives in US!

From: Navy River Patrol Veterans from Vietnam

Well, you hit the World Trade Center, but you missed America. You hit the Pentagon, but you missed America. You used helpless American bodies to take out other American bodies, but like a poor marksman, you STILL missed America.

Why? Because of something you guys will never understand. America isn't about a building or two, not about financial centers, not about military centers, America isn't about a place, America isn't even about a bunch of bodies. America is about an IDEA. An idea that you can go someplace where you can earn as much as you can figure out how to, live for the most part like you envisioned living, and pursue Happiness. (No guarantees that you'll reach it, but you can sure try!)

Go ahead and whine your terrorist whine, and chant your terrorist litany: "If you cannot see my point, then feel my pain."

This concept is alien to Americans. We live in a country where we don't have to see your point. But you're free to have one. We don't have to listen to your speech. But you're free to say one. Don't know where you got the strange idea that everyone has to agree with you. We don't agree with each other in this country, almost as a matter of pride. We're a collection of guys that don't agree, called States. We united our individual states to protect ourselves from tyranny in the world.

Another idea, we made up on the spot. You CAN make it up as you go, when it's your country.

If you're free enough.

Yeah, we're fat, sloppy, easygoing goofs most of the time. That's an unfortunate image to project to the world, but it comes of feeling free and easy about the world you live in. It's unfortunate, too, because people start to forget that when you attack Americans, they tend to fight like a cornered badger. The first we knew of the War of 1812, was when England burned Washington D.C. to the ground. Didn't turn out like England thought it was going to, and it's not going to turn out like you think, either. Sorry, but you're not the first bully on our shores, just the most recent.

No Marquis of Queensbury rules for Americans either. We were the FIRST, and so far, only country in the world to use nuclear weapons in anger. Horrific idea, nowadays? News for you, bucko, it was back then too, but we used it anyway. Only had two of them in the whole world and we used 'em both. Grandpa Jones worked on the Manhattan Project. Told me once that right up until they threw the switch, the physicists were still arguing over whether the Uranium alone would fission, or whether it would start a fissioning chain reaction that would eat everything. But they threw the switch anyway, because we had a War to win. Does that tell you something about American Resolve?

So who just declared War on us? It would be nice to point to some real estate, like the good old days. Unfortunately, we're probably at war with random camps, in far-flung places. Who think they're safe. Just like the Barbary Pirates did, IIRC (if I remember correctly). Better start sleeping with one eye open.

There's a spirit that tends to take over people who come to this country, looking for opportunity, looking for liberty, looking for freedom. Even if they misuse it. The Marielistas, that Castro emptied out of his prisons, were overjoyed to find out how much freedom there was.

First thing they did when they hit our shores, was run out and buy guns, The ones that didn't end up dead, ended up in prisons. It was a big PITA (pain in the a**) then (especially in south Florida), but you're only the newest PITA, not the first.

You guys seem to be incapable of understanding that we don't live in America, America lives in US! American Spirit is what it's called. And killing a few thousand of us, or a few million of us, won't change it.

Most of the time, it's a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of Spirit. Until we're crossed in a cowardly manner, then it becomes an entirely different kind of Spirit.

Wait until you see what we do with that Spirit this time.

Sleep tight, if you can. We're coming.


Judge William Young
sentencing Richard "Shoe Bomber" Reid

January 30, 2003, United States vs. Reid. Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court.

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say.

His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also admitted his "allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah," defiantly stated "I think I will not apologize for my actions," and told the court "I am at war with your country."

Judge Young then delivered this statement...

Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.

On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutive one with the other. That's 80 years.

On Count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years consecutive to the 80 years just imposed....

The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need not go any further.

This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and a just sentence. It is a righteous sentence. Let me explain this to you.

We are not afraid of any of your terrorist coconspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is all too much war talk here. And I say that to everyone with the utmost respect.

Here in this court where we deal with individuals as individuals, and care for individuals as individuals, as human beings we reach out for justice.

You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier gives you far too much stature. Whether it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney who does it, or that happens to be your view, you are a terrorist.

And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not treat with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists.

We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

So war talk is way out of line in this court. You're a big fellow. But you're not that big. You're no warrior. I know warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal guilty of multiple attempted murders.

In a very real sense Trooper Santiago had it right when first you were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and where the TV crews were and he said you're no big deal. You're no big deal.

What your counsel, what your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led you here to this courtroom today? I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing.

And I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you. But as I search this entire record it comes as close to understanding as I know.

It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose.

Here, in this society, the very winds carry freedom. They carry it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely.

It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges. We care about it. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties.

Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.

Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. Day after tomorrow it will be forgotten. But this, however, will long endure. Here, in this courtroom, and courtrooms all across America, the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done.

The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged, and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid? That's the flag of the United States of America. That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag still stands for freedom. You know it always will. Custody, Mr. Officer. Stand him down.
Also read Open Letter to Terrorists...CLICK HERE
...and When Did It Start...CLICK HERE

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