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We Shall Never Forget

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For this week’s blog post, I thought I’d share a poem I came across on the internet.

We Shall Never Forget (9/11 Tribute)

Let the world always remember,
That fateful day in September,
And the ones who answered duties call,
Should be remembered by us all.

Who left the comfort of their home,
To face perils as yet unknown,
An embodiment of goodness on a day,
When men’s hearts had gone astray.

Sons and daughters like me and you,
Who never questioned what they had to do,
Who by example, were a source of hope,
And strength to others who could not cope.

Heroes that would not turn their back,
With determination that would not crack,
Who bound together in their ranks,
And asking not a word of thanks.

Men who bravely gave their lives,
Whose orphaned kids and widowed wives,
Can proudly look back on their dad,
Who gave this country all they had.

Actions taken without regret,
Heroisms we shall never forget,
The ones who paid the ultimate price,
Let’s never forget their sacrifice.

And never forget the ones no longer here,
Who fought for the freedoms we all hold dear,
And may their memory never wane,
Lest their sacrifices be in vain.

– Alan W. Jankowski

I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did! September 11th was a horrible day in the history of the United States, but it brought us closer as a nation and encouraged us to lift up one another.

The Things That Matter Most

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This weekend, Texans watched as wild fires, fueled by the drought, scorched across Central Texas. Homes were evacuated in Bastrop, Leander, Austin and right in our own backyard in Stone Oak and Selma. I couldn’t imagine having to pack up a few essential items and leave my home with my wife and son without knowing the outcome.

Would our house still be standing where we left it or would we have to start over with nothing but the clothes on our backs? As I said my prayers for the families affected by the wild fires, I selfishly thought to myself – what would I do in the same situation? All of my thoughts led me to think about what is important in life. I realized that my wife and son and those few essentials would be all I really needed. Luxury and leisure items are definitely welcomed, but there are a few things in this world that are irreplaceable, and those things are what matter most.

This week as you go through your day to day routine, think and remember about what’s important in your life. Pray for the families affected, if that’s your thing; volunteer if you can. If you can’t volunteer your time, the Red Cross and other cause-worthy organizations are taking donations as small as a cup of coffee or a new pair of pants. It’s our duty as a community to take care of one another in times of need. Most of all, tell your family you love them and live your life appreciating everything you have, you never know what tomorrow could bring.