Thursday, July 19, 2012

View from the Thomas Burnett Heroes Garden on the Pepperdine University, Malibu campus

“Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for… or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

President Ronald Reagan

On Tuesday I ran the Malibu Hills on the Pepperdine University campus. It was a good run, very scenic, but also very challenging Coming from Louisiana where the terrain is mostly flat, running the  hills on campus was pretty brutal.

It was all worth it though, as I finished at the Thomas Burnett Heroes Garden. Thomas Burnett was one of the Flight 93 heroes on 9/11 that fought to regain control of the aircraft causing it to crash in Pennsylvania and not reach its intended target in the nations capitol. He is also a Pepperdine alumnus.

 The Heroes Garden is a very scenic and peaceful place. As I was looking out over the campus and the great view of the pacific ocean I heard the sound of an airplane passing overhead and it caused me to think about Thomas Burnett and the other heroes of Flight 93 and the courage they had to fight back and try and take control of the plane before it hit its target in the Washington D.C. area. They knew the chances of surviving were slim but they knew they had to do something to try and take control of the aircraft and disrupt the AL Qaeda terrorist’s plan and they succeeded in doing so. Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After the 9/11 attacks the U.S. Military went to war. Numerous stories have emerged over the last 10 plus years of war.  Storytelling is the only way to share these experiences and they are great sources of strength for me.  There are numerous stories of military service members showing strength and courage in recovering from wounds received in combat. These stories are a source of strength as well, some of which I shared in this previous blog post. I am proud to be a member of a profession whose values include Selfless Service and Personal Courage; the same values exhibited by the actions of Thomas Burnett and the heroes of Flight 93.

Never Forget! IT'S OUR TURN!

1 comment:

  1. We watched this in class today to talk about stories ...

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