Thursday, September 14, 2006

Heroism

The fifth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11 2001 passed the other day while I was away. To paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt: ‘A day that will live forever in infamy’.

The events affected so many billions of people from not only the USA, but from all around the world. It changed the way we live our lives forever, knowing that no one is safe, anywhere, from terrorism.

I would like to pay special tribute to the firefighters from the FDNY (Fire Department New York), who gave their lives that day, while attempting to save the lives of the innocent people who were trapped in the World Trade Centre.

It is a natural basic human instinct to run away from fire, and it takes enormous courage to do the opposite and enter a burning building to save the lives of others. These brave firefighters will tell you it is ‘just their job’ and will talk it down, but in reality their actions are no less than heroic.

343 firefighters made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11 2001, as well as many police officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD). May they all rest in peace, and God bless their families that live on without them.

The official FDNY tribute can be viewed by clicking on either of the photos above.

6 Comments:

Blogger gem said...

Welcome back, Rhys. We've missed you. Beautiful post.

9/14/2006 10:35 PM  
Blogger Yaxlich said...

Yaxlich too would like to welcome Rhys back and thank him for writing such a good post.

9/15/2006 3:31 AM  
Blogger Lizza said...

I remember seeing a picture of some men carrying the body of a chaplain (I forget if he was with the NYFD or the NYPD) on 9/11. Good post, Rhys, and nice (but sad) photo. Welcome back! Hope you had a good trip.

9/15/2006 6:29 AM  
Blogger Morgen said...

Welcome Back, Rhys.
great post. may we never forget.

***peace***

9/15/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger gem said...

Lizza, that chaplain was Father Mychal Judge, a Franciscan priest. We named a new residence hall after him, Judge Hall, since my employer is a Franciscan College. In the States they just released a movie about him, "The Last Rites of Father Mychal Judge."

9/15/2006 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Justin said...

I completely agree with you. Firefighters are very special people.

9/17/2006 6:10 PM  

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