Raise your 1911 for 9/11

On this day, America remembers the events of September 11th, 2001.

We remember the two world trade center towers falling after being struck by American Airlines flight 11 and United Airlines flight 175. We also remember a side of the Pentagon hit by America Airlines Flight 77 and the crash of United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

These images of destruction are forever implanted in my head as well as many other Americans. However, these pictures only tell part of a story.

When thinking about 9/11, we tend to think about the damage and immediate loss of life. After all, there were almost 3000 people killed and over 6000 injured and was the biggest single loss of life of our heroic first responders. But we need to think of all those that were directly affected. Those that were kill left behind families, those that were injured had to endure recovery and all have mental scars that will never heal.

But what about the untold injured and casualties? How about the people that were covered by soot and dust that developed sickness’ later? How about the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and yes Coast Guardsman that we sent into the war on terror?

Today in my remembrance, I honor everyone. I don’t have a bell to ring for you and your losses; however, I do have a piece of AR500 steel, a 1911 and some bullets.

Today, I raise my 1911 not in anger or sorrow, but in remembrance. Today, I sent a 230-grain hammer downrange at over 800 feet per second and rang a piece of steel in commemoration of all those affected by 9/11.