This is a very special event.  Not only for MD3.  This day should be remembered by all Americans. 

2009 marked the eighth anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies. Today we gather to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  We are here today to honor, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain.  We are here today to honor those who have served and those continuing to serve at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.

We are here today to remember.

We are here to remember the cowardly attacks on our country.  We are here to remember the 2819 tragic losses as a result of those attacks. We are here to remember the heroic acts of so many that day.  The 343 firefighters and paramedics, the 23 NY Police Officers and 37 Port Authority Officers that all gave their lives trying to help others.
Today’s’ event is a way we remember the sacrifices of September 11.  But let’s not just remember September 11th as a day we suffered, but in the days, weeks, and months following we galvanized our spirit as a country and as Americans. 

Let’s take a moment. 

Take a moment to remember the sacrifice and loss of our brothers and sisters in New York, on flight 93 and at the Pentagon.  Take a moment to think about those serving oversees protecting all of us.  As we gather here today remembering those that have perished, lets take a moment for those around us.  Take a moment to shake a hand of someone you don’t know.  Despite our many differences, today is a day we come together as a whole, to celebrate our common ground.  We share our love of the ride!  As Fire Fighters, Paramedics, Police Officers, and EMS personnel we share the brotherhood and understanding of service before self.   We all share the love for our country.   

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