How September 11 Led to the Foundation of MarineParents.com, Inc.
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 almost 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 16 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. Ensuring our national security became a national obsession (and for good reason) and saw our military engage in conflicts in two countries, first in Afghanistan, and then in Iraq, in an effort to do just that. In short, September 11 upset the balance of the country in a way not seen in decades.
However, despite the overwhelming sense of tragedy inflicted by the events on September 11, in the days and weeks after the attacks, around the country other emotions began to manifest themselves as well. Pride. Hope. Unity. Resilience. A desire to help our fellow man. And while she didn't know it at the time, the combination of those same emotions and the tragic events of September 11 would go on to inspire one "Marine Mom" to make a difference in the lives of thousands.