NOTEA longer article I've written on the subject of terrorism can be visited here
Army Brats in Germany: When Terrorism was Just "A Nuisance"

LTC Karen Wagner High School:
A Living Memorial

By Giles Babb
October 13, 2005

September 11, 2001: LTC Karen Wagner

The largest age group to die on 9-11 is the one born between 1958 and 1968: What has in some quarters been called the "Baby Bust" age group. The age group that all the kids you see in the below picture belongs to. The group that grew up in the 1970's while the "new" form of madness known as internatonal terrorism began to descend upon the world. Indeed, that's precisely where my only personal---albeit loose---connection to September 11 plays out.

LTC Karen Wagner, likewise a fellow military brat as was the case for nearly 60% of the Judson student body at that time, graduated from Judson High School---home of the Judson Rockets in Converse, Texas and located in a District situated between Fort Sam Houston on the west and Randolph AFB on the east---a year behind me in 1979. Although we didn't know each other real well, we did know each other while at Judson, and we both served on Student Council while at Kirby Jr. High and subsequently at Judson. An accomplished scholar and athlete, she also distinguished herself in Judson High School's 91st AFJROTC Squadron. She attended UNLV, and thereafter followed in the footsteps of her father---Staff Sgt. William E. Wagner--with a career in the US Army. She was in the Pentagon, in the service of her country, when Flight 77, "piloted" by terrorists, slammed into the building on September 11. She was given full military burial honors at Fort Sam Houston nearly a month later after rescue crews finally were able to locate, retrieve and identify the dead.


Kirby Jr. High Student Council Homeroom Reps: 1973-74



Article and picture from the October 6, 2001, San Antonio
Express-News

".....nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to......where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail."
Mayor of London
July 7, 2005

On the date of this article (October 13, 2005), the new LTC Karen Wagner High School---home of the Thunderbirds----is being dedicated as the Judson ISD's second High School. Terrorists have attempted to silence the disciples of freedom. But this building is as good as any proof that they do so, and the stones will cry out instead (cf Luke 19:40). I can only imagine how many other facilities since September 11 now carry the names of those that dared to simply do their job on behalf of others. Terrorists have many ideologies, but the one thing they all have in common is a fear of peace, and they will go to whatever extremes necessary to ensure that misery is spread equally in disturbing that peace and in promoting fear and hatred, which indeed is the only thing we have to fear (1 John 4:18). This is why they attempt to disrupt infrastructure and commerce and other civil human interactions, be it in Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, or New York City, for it's true that authentic human development and the development of an ownership society is the new name for peace (cf Populorum Progressio, element 76; Genesis 13:8-19; Summa theolgiae II-II, q.66, a.2; Towards a Better Distribution of Land, by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, element 29) and that's one thing they simply cannot stand for. This just as certainly as they also attack the seats of Peace, Law and Justice, and the strength that advances it and guarantees it, be it in London or Washington DC. And, that's why the "nuisance" of terrorism was and always will be a threat at any time and in any place that can never be ignored or dealt with "sensitively". Love conquers all and indeed is gentle, long-suffering and patient (cf 1 Corinthians 13:1-13), but so too it must at times be tough (cf Hebrews 12:7-8; Genesis 6:7-22). Love is not for the faint-hearted (1 John 4:18; John 12:24-25).

May the Lord guard, guide, and protect all who enter the grounds of both Wagner High School, Judson High School, and all other present or future Judson ISD facilities.

And may the Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you
And give you peace
(cf Numbers 6:24-26)

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