An Open Letter to Heroes - Remembering September 11th

To All Emergency Service Personnel,

            Today we find ourselves 11 years past the fateful day of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  We must not let a day as tender in memory pass without expressing our sincere thanks for the sacrifice your comrades gave and that you continue to give on a daily basis.  We owe a deep debt of gratitude to you and all of our nation’s emergency and rescue service personnel; it is because of your bravery and commitment to the community that we are able to enjoy peace of mind.

            We cannot refrain from standing in awe of the bravery and selflessness you exhibit in your lives.  It is one of the greatest inspirations to us to regard such dedication and hard work.  Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. articulated this thought with admiration on Memorial Day long since past:

            “All that is required of you is that you should go somewhither as hard as ever you can.  The rest belongs to fate.  One may fall at the beginning of the charge or at the top of the earthworks; but in no other way can he reach the rewards of victory.”

            These words are old but their meaning has not faltered with age, just as our enduring thankfulness for your sacrifice and dedication shall not fade.  It is difficult to find words of consolation for any loss you may have experienced during the call of duty.  Nevertheless, we wish you some measure of solace in knowing that your work does not go unacknowledged.  We are all comrades in this community; all a band of brothers in protecting and appreciating the freedoms we have in these United States.

Once again, thank you for your service and we hope you find a moment of peace on this day of remembrance.

With respect,

The Webb Institute Student Organization