A few years ago, a group of friends and I went to tour the FDNY. We were all studying in the Fire Science program at U of New Haven. This experience was truly a brand new perspective. We met with firefighters who lost 343 brothers that day. We saw their memorials, we even saw their tears. These men were fighting their own war here on our soil.
Mural at Engine 55
10 Truck en route passing Ground Zero
This experience opened my eyes to the struggles that ARE STILL HAPPENING. As the war in the Middle East continues to progress (despite what the media may coerce us to all believe), the families effected here, not only on the military side, continue to face difficulties.
23 NYPD officers
37 Port Authority Officers
184 People at the Pentagon
246 Passengers on the 4 planes
More than 3000 families lost a Mom or a Dad. A brother or a sister. An Aunt or Uncle. A daughter or a son.
It amazes me that the days following September 11th, 2001 were some of the most patriotic, proud, somber and humbling in our nation's history.
Where has that gone?
As this nation continues to fight for our own freedom, where has that sense of pride gone? Where have all of the flags gone? The memorials? The patriotic music?
Now it is eclipsed by anti-war sentiments. By protesters. By people BUILDING MOSQUES ON GROUND ZERO. It's been surpassed by financial deficits.
God Bless America.
God Bless all that fight for her, both here and there.
And to all others- to those who cannot find it in your FREE hearts to support your nation,
If you cannot stand BEHIND our SOLDIERS, FIREFIGHTERS, or POLICE OFFICERS, feel free to STAND IN FRONT OF THEM!