Dear poolee, recruit, Marine, and Veteran family members,
September 11 marks the anniversary of the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil, ever. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives on that Tuesday morning, and over 7,000 brave Americans have sacrificed everything in the resultant military operations.
Rarely does an event have such wide-reaching and impactful consequences, but no one in our country was able to escape September 11, 2001, unscathed in some way. In the years since, we have become more acutely aware of our place in the world and of the fact that many people want to cause us harm solely for being American. We've changed how we view the world and how the world views us. We ensured our national security became a national obsession (and for good reason). We also saw our military engage in conflicts in two countries, first in Afghanistan, and then in Iraq, to do just that. In short, September 11 upset the balance of the country in a way not seen in decades.
God Bless and Semper Fi,
Tracy Della Vecchia
Founder and Executive Director