Archive for September, 2010

a short entry today

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Its a hard day today. Nine years ago we were all in shock from the events of the day, today, somehow its harder to know all the details, to hear the radio calls, the last phone calls from flight 93, the sadness that’s still in the voice of firefighters. Its just a hard day.

As a parent of a responder, you somehow never think your daughter, or someones spouse or father or mother is at risk when they get in the truck and run towards the disaster. I feel that risk more now.

And what can one say about the heroes that day. They were among the trained, and among the ordinary people around us every day. American heroes, fighting back with hot water and soda cans, pulling at steel with bare hands, prying at concrete debris with whatever was at hand.

They showed us the best of America that day. People willing to fight for the lives and freedom of people they didn’t know on the ground, willing to risk their lives to try and get one or two more out of the fires in New York and Washington. They are the best of us, what we all hope we’re up to when the situation calls for us. We fight, we risk, we die for the principles of freedom, fair play, doing the right thing.

Don’t ever fight for retribution, there is no payback for inhumanity, there is no justice in denying anyone their rights under the law. Fight for the rights of all of us, no matter what language we speak, no matter what we call our God, the strong protects the weak, its the American way.

Never forget. Always be willing.

Take Care of each other, even if you don’t know who you’re caring for.