While writing a new post this morning to honor those who lost their lives and who lost loved ones on 9/11, I found myself struggling to say something new, something original. But all my thoughts and words echoed what I wrote two years ago in the re-post to follow and in the post I wrote last year at this time. My sentiments about that day have remained unchanged.
This morning, my husband once again awoke at dawn to raise his uncle’s flag in memory of his fallen firefighter brothers, as he will continue to do every year as long as he is able.
We will never, ever forget.
In this house, we feel a particular sorrow for the civil servants who gave their lives trying to save others.
My husband Bill has been a firefighter since he was 19 years old. On 9/11, I saw such deep despair and bewilderment on his face when we learned that hundreds of firefighters, 343 to be exact, lost their lives at the World Trade Center.
While witnessing the events of that day unfold on television, Bill decided he had to do something; to take some kind of action. He went to the garage and retrieved his Uncle Bill’s flag, which had been draped over his Uncle’s coffin, a war veteran, many years before.
Bill hung this large flag on the electric pole near the street. Cars passing by, not only on our dead-end street but on the highway nearby, could see. Some of our neighbors later told us how powerful it was seeing the flag on that day and days following.
This morning, a Saturday, when Bill could sleep in as late as he wants, he awoke at 6:00 to once again hang Uncle Bill’s flag.
Firefighters are one big international family. We even stopped by a fire station in Paris and were given a warm welcome and an impromptu tour of the station.
When one firefighter is lost, especially in the line of duty, it affects every firefighter. Imagine the immense impact of losing 343 at once.
We remember and honor all who lost their lives on 9/11. But there is a special place in our hearts and souls for the firefighters, police, paramedics and other civil servants who died on that day.