Attacks on Paris hit home

A time for vigilance — and thanks for all that we have

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times

KellyColumn415Newest815Two years ago, my husband and I were in Paris celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. It was a dream of mine to see the Eiffel Tower and stroll along the Champs Elysee. The city was so beautiful and, contrary to the rumors suggesting otherwise, the French people were very friendly. We marveled at the architecture, ate warm croissants, and fantasized about living there.

When I heard the catastrophic news about the terrorist attacks, I was sick to my stomach. Imagining the level of panic and horror the people must have felt, and continue to feel today, is devastating. How could six locations be targeted without any warning? It seems impossible. We can’t help feeling powerless and defeated in the wake of such a tragedy. The fact that ISIS has figured out a way to plan, communicate, and carry out an assault of that magnitude undetected is terrifying. It makes you want to keep your children by your side and never leave the house.


Me and my husband Joe in front of the Eiffel Tower.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, public venues are certain to be filled to capacity providing ample opportunity for a repeated event. But, if we live our lives in fear, the terrorists accomplish what they have set out to achieve. There is no way to protect against men (and women) who are willing to strap explosives to themselves and walk into a crowded area.

It is our duty to live by the slogan “If you see something, say something.”

It has been amazing to see the outpouring of love and support from people all over the globe. In order to triumph over such evil, we must collaborate with our allies.

On Thanksgiving day, let us all be thankful, not just for our friends, family, and full bellies, but, for our freedom, as well.

Keeping those who serve and protect in our prayers. Amen.

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