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I Will Always Remember

I will always remember where I was and what I was doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. For my generation it is akin to what our parents said about the Kennedy assassination. We will always remember it. ALWAYS! The funny thing is I remember a country that came together. That loved and cared for one another. A country that stood together to fight tyranny and terror. A country that no other would want to face in open battle. For a brief period, democrats hugged republicans and vice versa. Over the years our wounds have healed and we seem to be that same old complacent group of people who say thing like, "I remember" but not all of us truly do remember. I challenge you to take a moment today and sit in silence and remember. I mean really dig into your emotional depths and remember what you felt when you first heard about the 9/11 attacks.

Take a moment now ... Look at this photo and go back to that moment ... Close your eyes, and let those emotions come back...
911 Attacks

I have been called a violent soul at times. I prefer to call myself a sheepdog (see my post a few weeks ago). I am not violent, people. I am a protector. I am a lover. I am a father. I am a husband. And, I am a friend. Ally with me and I will ALWAYS have your back. If the wolves come prowling around my backdoor (or the door of my friends), they will get two warning shots fired into their chest. I stand tall and strong for my family, my friends, and my country. Do not bash America in front of me, or you might find yourself being the one who is bashed!

I say, "Nay" to those who would call me violent. Instead, think of me as a realist in a dangerous world. Another way to put it is, I am an American.

New World Trade Center
The new World Trade Center

I have heard people say that we are merely building an idol by replacing the twin towers with the new World Trade Center ... Are you kidding me? Do you know what we are doing? We are picking our broken hearts up, dusting ourselves off, and rebuilding, bitches! This is how we roll in America. You can knock us down, but you better damn well understand that we will get up again, and we will stand strong and united.

If you do good, you have nothing to fear from America. But God help you if you do evil.

And, for those who would try to bring fear and terror into America, I have a bit of information for you ... We will not cower. We will not fear. We will sing our death song fighting to the last! I often find myself remembering the famous words spoken by Ronald Reagan about Libya, "They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong."

Despite your religious beliefs. In spite of your political views. Regardless of your feelings toward this post. Hopefully, we can all agree that America is our country, our land of the free, our safe haven, and our home.

I for one will ALWAYS remember!

Your faithful protector,
Sheepdog Vaughn

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