Special Thanks To All the Heros of #RiversideAttack.

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As I sit here at my regular office desk, sipping a latte, looking out the window at a spectacle of traditional winter wonderland and contemplate my final budget submission for the year 2019, it occurred to me how fortunate I am. My blessings are countless. However, among my greatest blessings is my freedom. This is a blessing to which I owe a great debt of gratitude to our heroes – the men and women of our armed forces. But did I ever say thank you to them? A question that bothers my mind, after going through a number of posts on social media harsh tagged the #RivesideAttack.

Today more than ever before my thoughts are with the officers from the forces who responded fast than ever before, knowing that it could turn tragic but bravely combating the forces of terrorism. Contrast your comfort and coziness this season to the dry, dusty, dirty conditions of the northeastern. Think about how we enjoy thoughts of sugar plums dancing in our heads, while they are scanning the horizon for terrorists, improvised explosive devices and other threats. While we laugh and mingle with loved ones at holiday parties, they’re working long hours counting on their brother or sister soldier to protect their back.

The last time you said thank you might have been in passing when your coworker held the door or when your partner refilled your glass. But when was the last time you really said thank you to a police officer, not because he has accepted a bribe, or just written off you speeding fines? Gratitude is one of the most fulfilling expressions of the human experience because it doesn’t just benefit the receiver—showing genuine appreciation feels pretty damn good. And there’s an easy way to do it. My special thanks to the lady who, didn’t sleep the whole night thinking about being patriotic, “Mama thanks for the morning tea” your kindness has touched the hearts of many, you didn’t choose money or tribe or even political affiliation you choose Kenya, and for that I say HONGERA.

I should probably mention that I have never been the man who shows a lot of emotion. This is especially true if I do not know someone very well or I am not completely comfortable around someone. Because of these reasons, it is hard for me to go up to someone and just start a conversation. So, it is completely outside of my comfort zone to go up to a member of the military and thank them for their service. The thing is I am actually very grateful for everything our troops do, and I hope this tribute shows it.

I would like to thank you for everything that you do for the country. You are protecting this country, and for that I am forever grateful. You have given up so much for this country, and I personally believe that is something that cannot be repaid. I am sorry about that, but I know many of you probably are not. Most soldiers, or at least the ones I know, believe having a free country is payment enough. I think that’s what makes you all so great; you give so much and do not expect anything back. I guess what I am trying to say is thank you for being so selfless. In this I remember on patriot, a man who fought for the lives of those he will probably never meet or have never met. Innayat Kassim you showed the world over what courage is and how you can overturn and control a bad situation, and for you I say, May Allah preserve a special place for you.

I would also like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication. It is no secret that your training, or any part to being a soldier is not easy. I always knew it was a lot of work, but I never realized how much it really was until you display your skills like the way you did at the Dusit2. Dear officer from GSU you are a true patriot and a hero. Honestly, I still do not fully understand it because I have never had to do it. Finally, I would like to thank you for your bravery and for being so strong. It takes a lot to give up everything and fight for others, yet many of you do it like it is nothing. In today’s world, it is hard to see the good in things and I think a lot people do not realize how lucky we are to live in Kenya. We are lucky because of you, because you are the good. Whether you donated blood of drove an ambulance, whether you are a nurse or a doctor, however you contributed to the whole scenario, we triumphed over the enemies because of your efforts. You are selfless, hardworking, dedicated and so much more. So, thank you for everything that you do. Shukrani.

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