It has been 5,785,920 minutes since 9:59am on September 11, 2001. It was on that clear, crisp, perfectly blue skied Tuesday September morning where blood from all nations was spilled on American soil for the first time since the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. My city, our nation, and everyone’s world was irrevocably changed.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
It has been 11 years.
The blood of patriots has spilled for 11 years.
The blood of tyrants has spilled for 11 years.
11 years that blood has refreshed the tree of liberty.
Today is about remembering the conscious sacrifice made by one for another in their greatest time of need without regard for race, creed, or political beliefs. Today is about remembering those who sacrificed 11 years ago and those who have sacrificed since then to keep the tree of liberty alive and well. Today is about remembering that while all sacrificed some… there are those who have sacrificed all. I ask that you remember this today and leave everything else for another time.
It has been 5,785,920 minutes since the South Tower of the World Trade Center at Liberty Street and West Street collapsed. I ask that you specifically remember the following nine Emergency Medical Service Responders who perished in that collapse:
volunteer Zhe Zang
my friend Mario Santoro
my friend and vollie dispatcher Richard Pearlman
and my friend and partner Yamel Merino