12 years ago I was working my shift at the fire department. We were getting ready to go out and do inspections. I got called into the watch room. The first plane had just struck the first tower. As we stood there watching. I saw it, another plane turning, turning towards the second building. Motionless, speechless, and mouths wide open we stood there watching. Shortly after, the entire station was gathered in the day room. I remember how the silence was painfully loud. As I stood there, I saw him. A man who had become a friend and mentor to me in my rescue career Chief Downey (FDNY Special Operations Chief) What seemed like seconds later, I saw the towers crash down. I knew instantly he was gone. Chief, you may have left this world, way to soon and with so much more to offer us, But you will never be forgotten. I remember everything about that day, the sights, sounds, smells, and the feeling I had. I will never forget the brothers lost that day, Especially those from Rescue 1 and Hazmat 1. Nor will I forget those brothers and sisters who signed on (or were already serving) into the Armed forces. It is because of you I continue on in service to our country. May you all rest in peace. Knowing your sacrifices were not given in vain.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Men we should all strive to be men of Character:
The word itself comes from the verb charasso which in its technical sense means to engrave or inscribe. Character is a set of “characteristics” or values, ideas, personality, etc. that define who a person is. These should be INSCRIBED on us and transparent to all.
This article has been floating around for a few days and has a lot of valuable information in it. If things are to change, it must start with us. and start now
“Unless you do your best, the day will come when, tired and hungry, you will halt just short of the goal you were ordered to reach, and by halting you will make useless the efforts and deaths of thousands.” – Gen. George S. Patton
“When a warrior fights not for himself, but for his brothers, when his most passionately sought goal is neither glory nor his own life’s preservation, but to spend his substance for them, his comrades, not to abandon them, not to prove unworthy of them, then his heart truly has achieved contempt for death, and with that he transcends himself and his actions touch the sublime. That is why the true warrior cannot speak of battle save to his brothers who have been there with him. The truth is too holy, too sacred, for words.”
–Steven Pressfield (Gates of Fire)
The boys of my people began very young to learn the ways of men, and no one taught us; we just learned by doing what we saw, and we were warriors at a time when boys now are like girls. – Black Elk
“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”