Living in the Unites States of America and being an American is a privilege and a blessing that I do not take for granted. There is a reason why people from all corners of the earth try to come to our great country and that is because we are the greatest nation on earth. We have a multitude of problems but the plusses far outweigh any minuses and that fact is proven again and again every day as individuals are arrested trying to cross over the borders into our land of freedom and opportunity.


This past Sunday evening was a proud and great evening for all Americans with the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden at the hands of a Navy Seal team who invaded a compound in Pakistan in the middle of the night.  I was of course proud of the expertise and quality of our special forces team that nabbed Bin Laden as we all know the level of excellence of our Navy Seals, Army Rangers, Green Berets, Marine Recon etc. What really made me burst with pride however was our perseverance in pursuing this evil enemy. I still remember the promise of George Bush to the families who lost loved ones in 911. He told them that America would relentlessly hunt down those responsible for the vicious and cowardly murder of almost three thousand innocent lives. He said that we would not give up, not stop until we found and punished the culprits. In his recent memoirs, George W. wrote that his greatest regret was not getting Bin Laden. His dogged determination and work towards this goal certainly laid the groundwork which thankfully was continued by President Obama. I applaud our current president and his continued focus on this goal thus giving the green light for this latest successful mission. I am most happy for every family whose lives were changed forever because they lost someone who they dearly loved on 911. Eliminating Bin Laden will not bring back those who were lost but perhaps it will bring in some small measure some solace to their grieving and wounded hearts.


My hope and prayer now is that the unified and proud American spirit that we have seen splashed across the TV screen with people chanting and waving the flag will continue. My fear is that it will not simply because that is human nature. We tend to celebrate in the moment and then passion dissipates. Let us commit ourselves to not allowing that to happen. Let us all decide to stay fervent in our determination, our love, our commitment to the blessing of being called an American and the honor that accompanies that great title !


God bless our brave and distinguished military !!! We are thankful for you !!!