A Local Marine Reflects on How 9/11 Attacks Have Changed His Life
YAKIMA, Wa - The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the Flight 93 plane crash in Western Pennsylvania... it all impacted everyone's life here in the Yakima Valley in some way.
But the biggest impact has been on our local military and their families. They have been risking their lives in the fight against terror in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A local marine tells KNDO how his life has changed since September 11th, 2001.
Major Brian Lewis of Bravo Company, 4th Tank Batalion says he's been deployed to Iraq twice in the last five years. He shows us pictures from his last deployment in Fallujah.
When asked how his life has changed, Major Lewis says simply, "It's been busy."
He joined the Marine Corps 18 years ago. The Richland native has been stationed in Yakima for the last two years.
Five years ago today, he was actually in Quantico, Virginia for training, just thirty miles from the Pentagon. He got a first hand look at the destruction days later.
"I saw the huge hole. It was a daunting reminder of what happened that day," says Major Lewis.
Major Lewis says the War on Terror has forced him to sacrifice time with his family, but he says other Marines and their families have made the ultimate sacrifice.
"They sacrificed their lives doing what they loved, defending the country that they loved," says Major Lewis, "And honoring their memory is something that I carry with me everyday and that is something we all need to remember."
Major Lewis says that watching the nation respond since the 9/11 attacks has had the biggest impact on him over the last five years. He also wanted to say that the Marine Corps has really appreciated all the support from people here in the valley.