Sunday, August 17, 2008

FDNY Ten House

Day 226


After another day working in NYC office, I walked down to Ground Zero. It is an interesting experience, to say the least. To someone who does not remember what the area looked like 7 years ago, it might seem like just another really large construction project. Of course, there is much more to it than that.

One thing that bothered me was seeing several people posing their children by the fence, telling them to smile, and taking their picture. What are they going to do with these shots? Show them to their friends back home and say "Oh, don't Jimmy and Susie look so cute here on the site of one our nation's biggest tragedies?" Sigh. There were so many people here that make me proud to be an American in the exact way that these people don't.

To focus on those that did us all proud, this is Ten House which is the fire station is directly across from the site. They lost six firefighters on September 11th and the fire station was nearly destroyed. In the weeks following, Ten House was used as a rest and recuperation station as well as a command post for fire department operations at the site.

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