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20 Years: A Reflection on 9/11 and Our Heroes

20 Years: A Reflection on 9/11 and Our Heroes

September 08, 2021 7 Comments

Twenty years.

It feels like a lifetime ago. It feels like yesterday.

Our world changed forever on September 11, 2001, when terrorists flew hijacked airliners into both towers of the World Trade Center and into the Pentagon. Our nation stopped frozen in disbelief.

Yet that day delivered a stark reminder that heroes walk among us.

We learned of the heroic passengers who disrupted the hijackers’ plans and crashed a fourth plane into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, before it could reach and destroy its intended target. We watched as firefighters and police officers in New York City and Washington, D.C., raced toward the smoke and flames and rubble.

We wept for every life lost. And our hearts broke for all the family members left to carry on.

In the days that followed, something incredible happened. Our nation united like no other time in recent memory. Men, women and children of every possible background.

It took a tragedy to remind us of what’s most important, to help us look past our many differences and shine a spotlight on the common bonds that unite us all as Americans. 

So today, let us all remember how we felt in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Let us celebrate the courage of all those who worked valiantly to save American lives. And the selflessness of all those who volunteered and served our nation and around the world, because they wanted to ensure that our citizens would not be attacked again.

For 20 years, our nation has marked this anniversary in every way imaginable. At Fire Department Coffee, we have contributed to support The Tommy Cullen Foundation, honoring one of our FDNY heroes. 

Tommy Cullen Foundation

In 2019, our vice president, Jason Patton, participated in the San Antonio 110 9/11 Memorial Climb, where he ascended 110 flights of stairs in honor of the first responders who went into the World Trade Center in search of survivors.

The world has changed over the last 20 years. Yet some things have not changed.

Heroes walked among us then. Heroes walk among us now.

Never forget.



7 Responses

Johnny Roberts
Johnny Roberts

September 15, 2021

Thank you very much for your selfless service to your community and those that you touch through coffee and videos. Can you bring back the September 11th t shirts I think y’all only did them once but each time I wear that shirt everyone loves it and askes how they can get one

John Brazier
John Brazier

September 15, 2021

As a firefighter who was among the first on the scene at the Pentagon that day I want to thank you and everyone at Fire Dept. Coffee for always being there supporting what we do, making us laugh through the blue screen antics, and for brewing great coffee (my lifeblood). Thank you everyone there and to all my Brothers and Sisters who put it on the line.

JD Geigle
JD Geigle

September 15, 2021

Very nice tribute for the 20th anniversary.

Judith Higgins
Judith Higgins

September 15, 2021

My husband is an airline pilot for American, flying that day out of New York. That day changed his life, his profession and we will remember this day forever.

Elizabeth Wheeler
Elizabeth Wheeler

September 15, 2021

I can’t forget, it haunts me still. All those heroes. My heart still hurts. May they never be forgotten

Linda Coletta
Linda Coletta

September 15, 2021

I remember that day very well and it stills breaks my heart.I thank each and every person that rushed in to help and so sorry for the ones that passed away do so.Please know that your all in my prayers and I am grateful that your always here for myself,my family,my friends,everyone to help us when we’re in need.God bless you and your families and all the ppl lost that day.

Shane
Shane

September 15, 2021

As a responder from 9/11 I saw first hand the unity that this nation is capable of. As a “1” we can help, as an “all” we are unstoppable. That’s what fire departments do everyday everywhere. From the smallest to the largest Departmemt they answer the call. Thank you FDC for raising spirits with your videos and saying what we would get fired for! You speak the truth and help us all with the PTSD this job brings. Missed ya in San Antonio, met ya at FDIC. Keep up the great work and serving great coffee, the staple in every fire house! God Bless you and your employees for keeping the fire service true and strong!

Honor to Serve,

Just another guy in blue

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