Sunday, September 11, 2011
Photo courtesy of Dogs in the News. Check out their website for more photos and stories of the search and rescue dog teams of 911
September 11, 2011 marks a solemn anniversary. It's been ten years since the largest terrorist attack in America's history occurred. I don't think any of us will forget where we were when we got the news, and saw the nearly unbelievable images flicker across television screens.
There have been ceremonies and documentaries shown in recent days of the things that happened. They make us relive poignant stories of courage, survival, and incomprehensible loss. It can sometimes be difficult to watch, but still our duty to remember, in the same way that the generation before us remembered Pearl Harbor.
So many demonstrated bravery beyond measure that day. And among those gallant heroes were the canine search and rescue teams who participated in a desperate hunt for survivors...returning to recover remains.
Finding One Another (FOA), an organization dedicated to paying tribute to the search and rescue canines of 9-11, has organized a Recognition Ceremony at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. The ceremony will begin at 12:45pm on Sunday, September 11. Over 1,000 canine working dog teams who served at the 9-11 sites will line the processional route. Also participating will be veterinarians and other personnel who treated medical emergencies for injured dogs who worked the disaster. For more information, visit the FOA website.
Today we will reflect on those lost. We will honor heroes. And even if only for a moment, we will stand united again.