Posted by: SJS | January 6, 2023

Patriotism close to home

On the second anniversary of the insurrectionist riot at the United States Capitol, we remember the brave police officers who held the line against the bloodthirsty, murderous, depraved followers of the disgraced, twice-impeached former president who ignited the malevolent mob and sent it on the demented mission to overthrow the peaceful transition of power on January 6, 2021.

Thanks to officers like Brian Sicknick, pictured above, the mob failed. Officer Sicknick paid with his life as did several of his fellow officers who took their own lives due to the trauma suffered on this day two years ago. In a spirit of solemn remembrance and gratitude, we remember all the officers of the Capitol Police and the DC Metropolitan Police who answered the call of duty and stood firm in the face of homicidal violence, vile racism, and the wave of chaos that engulfed the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

What many of us witnessed on live television that day seared its way into the core of our souls. Like the events of September 11, 2001 and November 22, 1963, the memories of January 6th will haunt me for the remainder of my life. What redeemed those memories of the insurrection was the heroism and front line patriotism of law enforcement personnel like Officer Sicknick.

As the justice system of our nation moves to hold the insurrectionists and their treasonous leaders to account, we pray that a full reckoning will come for all those who sought to tear our country apart and deepen the divisions that we are working so hard to overcome. May the insurrectionist thugs and their criminal leaders get everything that is coming to them.

As the proud son of a distinguished Navy veteran who saw action in the South Pacific in 1945, I offer my profound respect and deep gratitude to the brave women and men who on January 6, 2021, stood bravely in defense of the same values that my father and his fellow PT sailors fought to preserve in the darkest days of WWII against fascists, Nazis and White Supremacists–the same crowd that stormed the US Capitol two years ago today.


  1. I appreciate this blog post marking the 2nd anniversary of the insurrectionist riot of 1/6/21. This morning, a moving service was held on the Capitol steps to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of January 6th. The relatives of all the police officers who lost their lives that day were present to honor their memory and the sacrifice they made to protect the Capitol and Congress, as well as our democracy. All of the Democratic leadership and members attended. CNN reported that only 1 Republican attended – no one from their leadership was there.

  2. Only one Republican… That tells so much about them.

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