A week ago, the news of one of the world's most notorious villains having been located and killed spread across the world.
People across the United States celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden, many arriving in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., where they danced and celebrated.
Word spread quickly how a group of elite military personnel carried out a covert operation inside Pakistan, ending a 10-year hunt for the man who orchestrated the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Many people threw their support behind our president, Barack Obama, claiming that he was the reason that this was done.
Others believed that it was the work and initiative set forth by former president George W. Bush that ultimately was to credit with finding bin Laden.
I am taking a break from my normal columns and silliness to discuss this because when a news story and event of this magnitude occurs, it is impossible to ignore.
I was watching a baseball game on ESPN Sunday night when the normal score ticker that scrolls across the bottom of the screen stated there would be a major announcement by the president.
The only other time in my life that a news story outside of sports getting recognized on ESPN was 9-11, so I quickly turned over to ABC News, where I learned of bin Laden's death.
The first thing that struck me was the fact that he was actually tracked down. Over the course of the past 10 years, ''evil'' and bin Laden have been synonymous.
I was a sophomore in college when 9-11 occurred and that seems like a life time ago. Then, with this announcement, many of those old feelings and memories came roaring back.
The anger and uncertainty that gripped the country. A fear that more attacks were coming and wondering why it happened came back to me sitting on the couch that evening.
It's been 10 years, almost, and those memories and the marks they have made still feel fresh sometimes. I never showed it, or at least didn't want to, but I was scared to death those first few months.
I didn't live in New York or Washington, D.C., and suburban Cleveland was as safe as anywhere on the planet, but the fear was real.
The other thing that I realized and began to feel as I watched the news coverage last week was that I am conflicted.
Being brought up the way I was, I find it difficult to celebrate anyone's death.
However, I agree with the world, bin Laden was an evil man who had caused, either directly or indirectly, atrocities and destruction. Thousands of people, innocent people, died because of him and he had to be stopped.
The last part of this, to me, is the immediate division it has caused between the two political factions in this country.
I just think that we need to put this into perspective.
We really need to spend our time and energy, not trying to prove one president is better than the other, but thanking and honoring the men and women who have spent the past 10 years fighting on the other side of the world, voluntarily giving of themselves to defend the United States of America.
We have all lost people that we've known or have loved in this past decade because of these wars, and I truly believe that they are the ones who deserve the credit, not politicians.
I was once given a task by a veteran I spoke with who told me that I should, at least once a week, thank a veteran, randomly, for their service.
I've tried this a few times and I think it is fitting this week for everyone to stop and thank a veteran they may or may not know for what they've done.