We've had more such horrors since, and, sadly, evil must sometimes be fought with force and the shedding of blood.
Sucks, but that's how it is.
And in our nation, there have always been those able and willing to serve, and to do so with honor, even in the darkest times. To those who did or stood ready to do what they would rather have not done in times of conflicts for the sake of the nation and for others, for both the oppressed abroad and for the rest of us who stayed behind, safe and out of uniform: Thank you, ladies and sirs.
"...let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."
--from the Veterans Day Proclamation
Note: I encourage all Americans to pray for the healing of returning soldiers of current wars. I also plead that you donate to help those in need but do so wisely. Before you donate to any veteran charity, look them up. Some are exceedingly wasteful with donations. And never give via a phone call or mail solicitation that might end up putting the vast % of cash in the pockets of fundraisers. Get the address of the charity and send a check directly, in your own envelope, so that the charity gets all the funds. Read this, and see a list of top-rated charities flanking the article. Here is one I've donated to several times. This one is also highly rated, and if you scroll to the bottom, you find a few others with top ratings. ~