17 July 2017
By Foon Rhee, editor at The Sacramento Bee
Katharine Tripp doesn’t come from a military family, but after reading about West Point and visiting the Air Force Academy she wanted a different college experience. Then terrorists struck America on Sept. 11, 2001. “It definitely resonated with me,” Tripp says. It solidified her goal to serve in the military before starting her career. She graduated from West Point in 2008 and spent five years as an Army intelligence officer, including a year in Iraq. She’s part of that other 1 percent – Americans who volunteered for the military after 9/11. Now, she and other former junior officers are leading the charge for their generation’s own memorial on the National Mall. It’s an important symbol for them – and a big test for the rest of us of how much we value their service.