We all know what today is...
I'll try not to get too mushy and I definitely won't show any pictures...but we all remember.
I have three cousins who are FDNY and were there that morning and I want to thank them. For getting up and getting to work and doing your job. For running into the burning building instead of doing what instinct tells you and running the other direction and to many, many of your comrades for making the ultimate sacrifice and not returning to their families. For doing what you could under terrible circumstances to help, calm and encourage the people of your great city.
The oldest of these cousins was acting Captain that day. His squad was one of the first responders. He said that he sent up 48 of his best men and only two came down that day. The two were in the stairwell and were helping a handicapped lady get down the stairs. They never made it farther up with the rest of this crew. To hear him explain this story is so moving and frightening you know that his life (as well as many others) will never be the same.
My husband is also a Fire Fighter...so, I want to thank him also. For serving our great city and for always putting the welfare and safety of the people around you first.
So, today, tomorrow, next week when you run across a public servant (Fire, Police, EMS, etc.) shake their hand, pat them on the back or just say thank you. I know it means so much to hear that affirmation and that people still remember.