The 14th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks

Please excuse me as this post will go against the normal grain of this blog. The reason is I am afraid that I could never properly convey in words all of the events I saw yesterday afternoon and last night. I was honored by a friend of mine, a member of the Pipes and Drums, to tag along yesterday with he and some invited guests from California. We went to McSorley’s Ale  House in the East Village during the afternoon to honor the 343 NYFD firemen who perished on 9/11. Later that evening we went down to Lower Manhattan to the 9/11 memorial and the FDNY memorial for a Sunset memorial. That’s it, that is all I got, I will just say that if a quote ever meant more to me it would be Jim Valvano’s 1983 speech;

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears. could be happiness or joy. But think about. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day.

IMG_8882Outside of the Oldest Bar in New York – McSorley’s

IMG_8886Pipe Major James P. Lee playing “New York’s Bravest” written by Bruce Gandy right after the 9/11 in 2001

IMG_8895Lining Up before the procession

IMG_8894Bag Pipers warming up down the block

IMG_8896Honor Guard at the Memorial Wall from Sunrise to Sunset

IMG_8899Relieving of the Honor Guard

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Freedom Tower

Thank you for your service and may your memory live on forever.

 

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