Military Families United | Gold Star Father reflects on Sept. 11 Anniversary
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Gold Star Father reflects on Sept. 11 Anniversary

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Gold Star Father reflects on Sept. 11 Anniversary

As a Gold Star father, I know that one of the hardest things a person can endure is the loss of a loved one to war. My son Justin was killed in Fallujah in 2004; he was a good man and a good Marine, who fought for what he believed. As I consider the gravity of this tenth anniversary of September 11th, I cannot help but think about Justin and the thousands like him who went to war to defend our country after the horrific attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The men, women and children who went about their day on that clear September morning, would become the first casualties of this war.
I wish on this tenth anniversary, I could say that we have succeeded in defeating those who brought such destruction on our shores, but this fight is not over. The enemy who attacked our great nation ten years ago still seeks to harm Americans – where ever they may be. There is some comfort this September 11th in knowing that the mastermind of these attacks can no longer operate his network of terror, but we must not lose focus on the ongoing mission.
We must honor the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives on 9/11 as well as those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the ten years since the attacks and we must continue to support the brave men and women of our armed forces. This remarkable group will never forget why they fight, and neither will we. Military Families United will continue our mission to honor the fallen, support those who fight, and serve their families until all of our servicemembers return home.
I thank you for your continued support of Military Families United.
John Ellsworth
Chairman
Gold Star Father, LCpl Justin Ellsworth
KIA Fallujah, Iraq 11/13/2004