How do I possibly put to words what occurred yesterday?...
It took an army of spirit and heart to do what we did, to bring together this event and create what was there. And that army was brought and brought STRONG! We are all still in a bit of shock and awe over it all. This was our very first year and it was AMAZING beyond words. We all hope this is an event that has filled your heart and that your memories of it leave you as in awe and with honor and pride. I was told by the "Tower" that in all the years they had worked there they had never been so proud before. It was so much work to pull it all together the way we did but we'd all do it wake up and do it all again tomorrow. I wish I could celebrate with each and every one of you. For what you've done, no matter if volunteering, or participating, or simply being our support, its been an honor to share this all with you and worthy of celebration. Every one should be very proud of what was accomplished.
343 fallen firefighter tags and 71 fallen law enforcement tags were carried. That bell beside the accountability boards was rung 414 times, an honor and tribute to each and every one of them.
Our remembrance flag carries now the names of our fallen, all signed by those who carried their tag.
Each and every aspect of this event was designed and laid out to pay tribute and respect for our fallen. And everyone who came out brought the spirit that carried that honor and fulfilled it. If that tower could talk, as tough as she is, she would for once be smiling down at every one with more pride within her walls than ever before. And every lost soul of 9/11 I know would look down at each and every one of you with love and thanks.
I am in awe over what we did our very first year. See you again bright and early on September 11th, 2014.