By: Tyler Williams
Firefighters and police officers participate in the unveiling of a new 9/11 memorial in Kaysville. (Source: MATT JENSEN)
Here at Milkscope, we do not forget the lives who have passed away, were injured, and the monumental sacrifice from the first responders on September 11th, 2001. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the day that the United States was attacked by a group of 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists. The attacks occurred in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. While families and loved ones were affected physically, emotionally, and mentally; we must not forget the heroes who stepped up to help the victims in need. The police officers, firefighters, medical workers, and the military who were the first responders to the traumatic events on that day.
According to CNN, President Joe Biden paid respects to the September 11th victims and affected families of the victims at the Pentagon, on Sunday morning. "I know for all those of you who lost someone, 21 years is both a lifetime and no time at all," Biden said at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. "It's good to remember. These memories help us heal, but they can also open up the hurt and take us back to that moment when the grief was so raw."
Spectrum News NY 1 reports that FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh expresses her deep appreciation for the fire department. “The loss is very real every day,” FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said. “We’re losing people every week who participated in rescue and recovery, but we get through it together as we do great things in the fire department.”
(From left) Brooklyn firefighters George Johnson, Dan McWilliams and Billy Eisengrein raise a flag at the remains of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 in this memorable photo. (Thomas E. Franklin/The Record via AP)
Greenwich Time reported that Dr. Tony Dajer recalled the atrocious acts committed on September 11th, 2001. When the commotion was happening near the World Trade Center, Dajer was working in the trauma center near Ground Zero. "We had no idea of the enormity of what happened, but we knew to expect a massive, sudden inflow of civilian casualties," Dajer said. The article states that Dajer was the calm doctor, part of a well-trained, well-prepared team.
The doctor has lectured around the country sharing his knowledge of emergency medicine in chaotic predicaments, according to the article. "It all comes down to communication. Forget all the emphasis on fancy equipment. Communicate. Get back to basics. Know where the keys are for everything. Know how everything works. Trust your gut. Trust your people. Do not panic," Dajer said.
(Source: 9/11 Memorial & Museum)
Kris 6 News cited that according to the Department of Defense, 181,510 people enlisted on active duty immediately in the 12 months following the attacks; close to another 73,000 joined the reserves. Those numbers have steadily slipped ever since. The article also stated that a veteran nicknamed “Irma” said that after the attacks happened, she wanted to do something about it and she decided to join the U.S. Air Force. “Whether I go deployed abroad or stay stateside, I will definitely be having a hand in preventing the next terrorist attack,” Irma said.
(Source: U.S. Army)
FOX News has reported that Dr. James Spencer, president of the D.L. Moody Center in Plainfield, Massachusetts, shared his thoughts regarding the terrorist attacks. "We should see the tragedy of fallenness in the 9/11 attacks, along with the glimmer of God’s image and wisdom in the way that women and men of all sorts recognized evil acts and rallied together to help those harmed by it," he said. We can hope and continue to fight as a nation to stand united against adversaries and challenges in the future that will threaten national security. No matter what tragedy comes our way, we will defend ourselves and respect our heroes who stepped up to the challenges that lie ahead.
Here at Milkscope, we say thank you for your endless service and we support our firefighters, police officers, medical workers, and military.