Watching the news today, I saw the story of young Patrick Lyons Jr. He was named for his father, a NY firefighter whom he never met. Patrick Sr. was on dispatch on that fateful day– 9/11/01. There was something the newscaster said, while showing that the fire trucks had the names of each firefighter lost painted onto the side, that really stood out to me
[Proving] that there is a way to remember, even when life goes on.
This gives me hope–hope beyond compare, beyond description.
Another alarming fact was recently brought to my attention as well. The firefighters, police officers, and other first responders will not be invited to the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero. (CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/08/13/report-911-first-responders-not-invited-to-10th-anniversary-ceremony-at-ground-zero/ ). Which news, naturally, found its immediate path to social sites like facebook. My news feed was literally overflowing with copies of the following post.
Due to “lack of room,” NYC Police Officers, Port Authority Police Officers and FDNY Firefighters are not “invited” to the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero. Funny – they weren’t invited on that day in 2001, either – they just “showed up” and became our heroes. Please re-post if you think they belong MORE than the politicians who are invited.
This, my dear friends, is NOTHING short of an outrage. The men and women fought and died for us! They carried us out of the burning fires, or died trying! That they are not invited to attend the memorial of this tragic event in which they risked their lives to save the lives of others is PREPOSTEROUS! I am not a happy camper right now. These heroes–for they are nothing less–DESERVE to be there. They’ve earned it.
*Love always Sarah*