Finding Exceptionalism

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With the devastation of September 11, 2001, the world had little understanding of the road ahead. Life was sure to change but in what ways were unclear. Politics at home and abroad changed, the economy changed, security changed, conversation changed, priorities changed.

Terrorism took the international stage. Things changed.

But what hasn’t changed is the commitment to America from the men and women fighting for freedom. Our military heros rise every day with their life in tow remembering JFK, and ask “How can I serve my country?”. That’s exceptional.

Today’s news of Osama Bin Laden’s death is, unfortunately, not the end of the road in the pursuit of liberty from terror. Securing peace is not without a fight. So today let’s not celebrate a man’s death. Let us celebrate the lives of those who serve America — serve you and me — in protecting our way of life.

Things will change, but the men and women of America’s military always have been, and always will be, exceptional.