September 11, 2001. I was a high school freshman, sitting in my 3rd hour Honors History class when the news came. The Twin Towers in New York City were under attack. I saw the playback a thousand times of that tragic day. I still remember listening to then president George W. Bush's declaration of war on TV as jets from Selfridge Air National Guard base roared over my house and the US/Canada border. Quickly Osama bin Laden was confirmed as the plotter of the 9/11 attacks. And, just like that, the American people went on a hunt for him.
Nine and a half years alter, the hunt is over. Osama bin Laden has been killed by an American bullet. I am no longer a high school freshman watching this unfold. Instead I am the wife of a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. We laid in bed together last night, watching President Obama address the world. We got the notice from base that the security level had been heightened long before we even knew what was going on.
The initial feeling was a mixture of relief, joy, and pride. I watched the people cheering in Washington D.C.'s streets and I felt that overwhelming sense of patriotism that I felt nine and a half years ago when the nation came together. Except this time they were coming together in victory, not in agony. Knowing such an evil presence was gone from this world was a relief. I am not one to wish death on someone but he was a vision of Satan himself and I did not want him in this world.
Nearly a day later, the sense of relief is still there but there is now a new feeling...fear. Nine and a half years ago I feared for my country, now I fear for my own husband. I fear that there will be retaliation from Osama's followers. And I fear that that retaliation will be on our troops. Normally I would have this fear no matter what, but it hits home even harder when my husband is one of them. So many posts on sites like Facebook have said to pray for our troops. One of those troops is the love of my life; how could I not be praying?
So, while I am glad to see justice being served, I fear for our troops and I pray that God watches over them all and ensures that our troops come home safely. God bless our troops and God bless America.