On the morning of Thursday, 12 October 2000, USS Cole docked in Aden harbor for a routine fuel stop. Around 11:18 local time (08:18 UTC), a small craft approached the port side of the destroyer, and an explosion occurred, creating a 40-by-40-foot gash in the ship's port side. The blast hit the ship's galley, where crew were lining up for lunch. 17 sailors were killed and 39 were injured in the blast. The attack was the deadliest against a U.S. naval vessel since the Iraqi attack on the USS Stark on 17 May 1987. The attack was organized and directed by the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden who boasted about the attack and encouraged similar attacks.
President Bill Clinton declared, "If, as it now appears, this was an act of terrorism, it was a despicable and cowardly act. We will find out who was responsible and hold them accountable".
I pray for the families who have lost a loved one in the military and I pray for all of those brave Men and Women who fight for our freedom.
Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great artwork from this week's awesome artists. Have a blessed and creative day.
I love yoru story and your inchie is amazing. That is so well done! Are you sure that's only an inch??? haha What a really nice tribute to your friend's son and all of the people who died that day. Really nice and loved the history lesson, too.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Jenn, yea it is an inch lol. I will have to remember to post a ruler with it. I do love how this one came out.Delete
Terrific post and a wonderful inchieReplyDelete
Love Chrissie x
You always come up with such wonderful links and creations, I did know about the COLE but it's good to be reminded of these things.ReplyDelete
Thanks Sally. I am real proud of this oneDelete
So much detail on your inchie and what a fantastic tribute.ReplyDelete
Thank you Lisette.Delete
The story and the inchie are awesome. Great job.ReplyDelete
Thank you very much CathyDelete
That's fantastic! Well done!ReplyDelete
Lovely tribute. Your beadwork continues to amaze me.ReplyDelete
Thanks again Kia.Delete
Thanks for the reminder of our military that give so much of themselves for our country. Lovely inchie.ReplyDelete
Thank you and you're welcome Jean. They deserve so much for their sacrificesDelete
What a fantastic inchie. Thank you for the words about the cole.ReplyDelete
Trillian, thank you and you are welcome as well.Delete
Fabulous inchie, and information.ReplyDelete
Thank you WendyDelete
Very nice.. as always!ReplyDelete
How Beautiful!!!!! I just love the heartfelt tribute in your post!!! We are so blessed to have our freedom and our beautiful country. But it all has been done by those brave men and women who have given up so much, even their lives for these great gifts!! God Bless THEM!!! Thank you for the reminder and for the story about the Cole!! You did this with such perfection!!!! :0) Share HumanityReplyDelete
Annette, thank you for your sweet words. Means alot to meDelete