September 11, 2001. There are no words needed to describe this day. A day of remembrance. A day of sorrow. A day of honor. Millions of people went to bed the evening of Sept 10th not knowing what tomorrow had in store. They woke up and said goodbye to their families not knowing this may be their last or not knowing this would be the day they stood up to help a neighbor in need. The events of Sept 11th brought people together, regardless of race, religion or of any personal and political belief. It's a day that mankind stepped up and helped a friend, a colleague, a stranger in need because that day told them it was their calling to do so.
Three hundred and forty three firefighters died that day and many more after, doing what they always do - their job. They answered the call the same way they answered the ones before, feet in their boots one foot at a time and geared up on their rigs to help the common man in their time of need. 17 years later we remember and honor those brave men and women who came from all walks of life to help those in their time of need. Thousands of these men and women perished that day but their memory, their legacy and their bravery live on.
Remember all those who stood up that day and honor their memory and legacy not only in words but in action. Take this time to make yourself better than you were yesterday. Become stronger, smarter and learn to forgive. The life we have is short, make it count and make it all you got.
May all the souls of those lost and those who live on each day from the tragic events of 9/11/2001 never be forgotten and may they always be honored and always be remembered.
Until next time; work hard, stay safe & live inspired.
- Firehouse Tribune Staff