| A Dedication to the Heroes of September 11
The Heroes of 9/11 and Their Tragedy
September 11 will always be remembered
for its tragedy.
It's no longer just the tragedy of its
victims-but its heroes as well. I remember
looking at pictures of groups of strong
men, working, walking with their faces
and uniforms covered in soot- or something
that looked like soot.It was black.
Determined and dedicated men who were
there to help. The publicity was great.
They took center stage with the
politicians and media. And rightly so.
The search and rescue work did not
last just for days. The whole world
knows how long it took. We know the
many, long hours these rescue workers
spent at the site. And they stayed
for as long as they were needed.
Yes, they were strong men- then.
I watched a documentary on television
at the eve of the 5th anniversary
of 9-11 on the health problems that
have befallen these heroes.They are
suffering from respiratory ailments
and other complications.
It brought tears to my heart .
I am not from the United States of America.
But my heart goes to these men who
were once lauded as heroes. Years
after their heroic deeds,so many of
them are tragically ill as a consequence
of being "there" when they were needed
most-the heroes of 9-11.
They are paying with their health and
their lives! This is very tragic.
The air they breathed and worked
under was declared at the time
as "at safe levels." Obviously,
it was not.
If I get the news correctly- many
have already died. Many more are
near death's door; many are left
to fend off for themselves as their
medical bills are piling up; many
more are no longer able to work,
debilitated, incapacitated, poor
and almost forgotten.
They are fighting for their lives.
What would it take for a nation
and society to come to the rescue
of these heroes and their families?
Who takes responsibility for not
ensuring their safety while they worked
under the intense heat and thick clouds
Who was supposed to monitor the safety
of the environment after such a devastating
explosion and destruction of the
There seem to be much more work dedicated
to building a memorial to the site than
looking into the tragic plight of
the heroes of 9-11.
These are people who gave their lives
to help. They did what they had to do
with courage and dedication.
They witnessed many of their colleagues
die or fall at the site. These incidents
did not stop the thousands more who
came to the rescue.
They were there when they were
Let society not forget them.
With my prayers and thoughts...