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Topic: 9/11: What's Really Important
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/10/11 18:10
Tomorrow is the first Sunday of the 2011 NFL regular season. All of us who play this fun little game called fantasy football are getting ready to absorb ourselves in games, and stats, and spend a lot of time and energy focused on something we take very seriously and consider important: winning our fantasy championships.
 
But allow me a moment to focus on what is really serious and important: to recognize and respect what the date September 11 really means.
 
Hard to believe it's only been a decade. In a sense, it seems like both yesterday and 100 years ago at the same time.
 
It's now been 10 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and I know I have posted before on the topic. I also know that many of you have been gracious in accepting that one time out of the year I move away from the traditional topics of this blog to post some thoughts and pay my respects to those who lost their lives in what I consider to be the worst incident to happen to our country in my lifetime.
 
All this week on television we have been reminded of the tragedy of 10 years ago. And in watching the many programs dedicated to remembering the date, and the people it touched, I still grieve for those who lost family and friends that day. Not just the victims in the towers, but those on the planes, and the heroic passengers who made the desperate attempt to retake control of Flight 93 before it could too be used as an instrument of destruction. I still grieve for the family and friends of the New York City rescue workers who selflessly risked and gave their lives attempting to help those trapped in the buildings. I sincerely hope that time has helped ease some of the pain.
 
And I want to be sure to recognize and pay my respects to the brave men and women of all police and fire departments everywhere. Every day they go to their jobs knowing that this may be the day that something catastrophic happens and they may have to make selfless acts in the attempt to help those in need. The life they may be called on to save could be yours, or mine, or one of our loved ones. I force myself to remember that on those days when I find myself automatically grumbling at the first sign of being inconvenienced because of sirens, or a street closed off. They might be risking their lives to save another, and that's more important. Even more, it's something I, thankfully, do not have to do myself, or burden my family with the knowledge it's what I do.
 
And while it has been 10 years now since the tragedy of that Tuesday, and in that time we have found and killed Osama Bin Laden, the war on terror our Service men and women continue to fight isn't over. It may seem like it with all the attention our media spends on celebrities and courtroom freak shows, but there are U.S. Service men and women stationed all over the world doing what they can to help protect our freedom. Some of them in active combat zones. It has been my privilege to have been in contact with a few servicemen who play fantasy football, one in particular in Camp Vance, Bagram, Afghanistan who told me in a recent communication that I "would be surprised how many people won't ship, send, or acknowledge us in Afghanistan…"
 
I sent him a reply that included:
 
"… while there are some civilians who may make you feel unappreciated for the service you and all in the military provide, and the personal sacrifices you make to both yourselves and your families, know that there are many others of us who hold you in our thoughts and prayers each and every day.
 
Every year, around September 11th, I try to be sure to remind my radio shows listeners, and our members at FFS about what is really important, and what isn't. Here's a link to the entry I made in my blog last year with comments from some of our other members. It may help let you know that you are appreciated and not forgotten:
 
http://www.fantasyfootballstarters.com/viewTopic.jsp?topicId=26685
 
It's not much, and falls well short of properly expressing the gratitude I personally feel, or acknowledging the respect we all should have for the men and women like yourself who serve and defend not just our country, but the civilians in it who enjoy the luxury of a freedom they wouldn't know without you. Please pass along our appreciation to any of your fellow service men and women who may be wavering in doubt of why they serve a civilian populace that doesn't seem to remember them, or recognize them for their bravery in doing a job that we either couldn't, or wouldn't, do ourselves.
 
Please come home safe…"
 
The point in all of this is that it is thru the sacrifices of better men and women than I that I am allowed to have the luxury of spending so much of my attention on something so absolutely trivial as fantasy football. For these men and women, I am truly grateful.
 
I do not know exactly how to best uphold the memory of what September 11th should mean. But I just wanted to make sure that those who have been touched by that day know that I remember them and have my sympathy for their losses. And those who strive to make sure we never have another day like that again, know that I remember them as well and acknowledge them with the highest respect.
 
Now. Let's watch some football. Hopefully with a more proper perspective. If just for one day.
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Post Date: 09/10/11 20:50
Russ I'll never forget that day, thanks for keeping this little diversion we do called fantasy football in it's proper perspective.

God bless our troops, our country, our leaders and all those in public service to us. And God Bless you Russ for stepping out like this.

I wrote this last year...Let's Roll!
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Post Date: 09/11/11 05:14
It is something that should never be forgotten.  Freedom is not free.  I thank all soldiers, and all the soldiers before them.  And I thank all the people working deligently here to make our lives safe, firemen and policemen and the families that love and support them all.  Without them I couldn't sleep at night.
 Robert The IDP Guru_9600
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Post Date: 09/11/11 08:05
As a Marine, I knew the dangers of my chosen career, but I accepted them fully and without fear as I know that freedom does not come free, there is and will always be sacrifice.

As a civilian, I appreciate even more what our military does, but it truly wasn't until 9/11 that I realized the importance of our fire fighters, police and emergency medical service people. These are our family, friends and neighbors, and like our military, they put there lives on the line for us every day in all situations.

So thank you to all for being the great Americans you are. And thanks to all who support them.

Semper Fi!
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Post Date: 09/11/11 09:34
I agree Robert.  Being a Marine I am partial to the military and all they do.  However, that day like you helped me to realize how important and valuable the services that people do here at home.  I feel many of us underestimate the importance of firemen, the plice and other first responders.  Having joined my unit on 9/10/01 I will always think of our military, but now  on 9/11 I will make sur eto remember and honor everyone.  

God Bless and may you and your families find peace on this day.  

Semper Fidelis!!!
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