Always Remember

I had a friend say to me the other day, “Can you believe that kids starting high school this week are of an age that most of them weren’t even born yet when 9/11 happened?”

The comment made me stop and think about the passage of time. It’s been 15 years since we all woke up to the horrors of that day. Amazing. A decade and a half in the blink of an eye – or so it often seems.

A lot has happened in those years: Children born after the Twin Towers fell are entering high school. Kids in high school when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon and United Flight 93 crashed in a Pennsylvania field are married and have children of their own.

And many of those same high school kids stepped up and answered the call of our military. They did what needed to be done in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many didn’t return home. Many more returned home wounded, critically ill and injured – and that’s where the Semper Fi Fund comes in.

Since 2004, we’ve helped nearly 17,000 service members and their families with 119,000 grants totaling more than $133 million. You can read about some of them in the Hero Stories we’ve posted to our site – and the more of these stories you read, the more you’ll see 9/11 cited as a reason that someone decided to enlist.

So I hope that on Sunday, when you wake up and look into the sky and think about those events of 15 years ago, you’ll also think of the events that have happened since then, and of those heroes and families who sacrificed so much on behalf of us all.

We owe them more than we can ever repay.

But that won’t stop all of us at the Semper Fi Fund from trying.

Karen Guenther
President, Executive Director and Founder
Semper Fi Fund