This past week is one I will not soon forget. I had the opportunity to join Frank Siller and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation on the first leg of Frank’s Never Forget Walk, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We started in Arlington, VA at the Arlington County Fire Station #5.
The captain for station 5 told the story of his very first fire call as a fireman--and it came on September 11, 2001. He was assigned to drive one of the firetrucks (also for the first time) that responded to the Pentagon. As he shared his story, I couldn’t help but look around and see the faces of so many other first responders as they remembered their own experiences that day. There is a distinct brotherhood and bond between these men and women who witnessed the devastation and destruction of that day.
As part of the 9/11 project, members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) have agreed to allow us to record some of their stories and they will be included in our interactive museum. For these men and women, September 11th was a defining moment in their lives. Their choice to serve was already a commitment to do good, but 9/11/01 created a sense of mission and devotion deeper than they perhaps would have had otherwise.
I hope you will all join us at the Weber County Fairgrounds September 9-11th and Remember what happened, Experience the event and aftermath and also Commit to making our great community even better.