For the most part, lots of people will stop and cry. Shed tons of tears for some that they knew, and some that they didn’t. But today, as that day gets closer I think about the fire fighters, paramedics, and police officers who rushed in, and never came out.
I can remember someone asking me once, if I felt no emotions when I came upon a bad scene. As I recall those days I know what was on the minds of those emergency workers 10 years ago, as they climbed those steps. You see, a single teardrop is all that you have time for. You realize that the situation is bad, and maybe even ugly. And then you have to draw upon that.
You see emergency workers shed one tear, at every site, and then become like Popeye after eating his can of spinach.
So as you stop, and remember those who died, shed one tear for those who shed one, and charged to try to save, and comfort those inside. As I looked at the following monument I can only think that someone, finally captured the hearts of emergency workers everywhere.
Yes, 9/11 will be in our minds for ever, I can only hope that the memories of those emergency workers, and people who they tried to save, and help never gets pushed aside by politics, and media frenzy. And as Freddie Fender would say in his song, when you find yourself in a position like that remember that as emergency workers we live by the promise in Freddie’s song.