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By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (PublicLaw 107-89), the Congress has authorized and requested the President to designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day."

NOW, THEREFORE, I GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2002, as Patriot Day. I call upon the peolpe of the United Satates to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services and candlelight vigils.
I also call upon the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Patriot Day.

Further, I encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on that day and to observe a moment of silence begining at 8:46 a.m. eastern daylight time, or another appropriate commemorative time, to honor the innocent victims who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

George W. Bush
Preseident United States of America
Sal Castro Fire Engineer
San Diego Fire & Life Safety Service
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  • 347 fire fighters,
  • 37 Port Authority Police Officers,
  • 12 EMT & Paramedics,
  • 3 New York City Court Officers,
  • 23 New York City Police Department Officers,
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  • 1 United States Secret Service officer

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PHOTOS & Companies: IN MEMORY of our fallen "BROTHERS!"

The following Members have made the Ultimate Sacrifice

About the photo: Sept. 11, 2001 -- the end of the world as we knew it. But in the chaos and rubble where the World Trade Center no longer stood, Record photographer Thomas E. Franklin captured an unforgettable image of hope -- three firefighters raising the American flag.

Standing defiantly against the gray and white landscape of devastation, these dust-covered men and the vivid red, white, and blue of Old Glory instantly became a symbol of American patriotism. Franklin's photo of these three heroic rescuers -- Brooklyn-based firefighters Dan McWilliams of Long Island, George Johnson of Rockaway Beach (both from Ladder 157), and Billy Eisengrein of Staten Island (Rescue 2) -- also became a global message that life, and America, would go on.

The photo, which appeared Sept. 12 in The Record, has since graced the pages of many other newspapers as well as national newsmagazines. Network television has repeatedly displayed the photo during its round-the-clock disaster coverage, comparing it to the famous image of Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima during World War II.

Franklin, an eight-year veteran of The Record, took the photo late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, after spending hours at the scene. He was walking toward the debris of the World Trade Center when he spotted the firefighters.

"The shot immediately felt important to me," Franklin said. "It said something to me about the strength of the American people and about the courage of all the firefighters who, in the face of this horrible disaster, had a job to do in battling the unimaginable."

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The Photographer Thomas E. Franklin

The FireFighters: Dan McWilliams, George Johnson Beach, and Billy Eisengrein

The Fire Bell

The life of a firefighter is closely associated with the ringing of a bell. Traditionally as the day began, it was the bell that started it off.

And so through the day and night, each alarm was sounded by a bell which called the firefighters to thier duty and to place their lives in jepardy.

Durring time like these we seek strong symbols to give us a better understanding of our feelings during this time of reflection of the devotion that our fallen comrades had for their duty.

The three sets of rings of the bell give honor and respect to those who have served so well and represents the end of their duties as their last alarm.

PHOTOS: San Diego Fire Fighters and Police Officers 911 - Fund
The Fire Fighters and E.M.T.'s, Paramedics and Police Officers From San Diego CITY have raised over ONE MILLION DOLLARS for the families of Public Safety personnel killed in New York. We accomplished this by filling the boot at intersections and sports events like the Padres, Aztec, and Chargers games...

The funds will be deleivered soon and processed through our Union, The Local 145 I.A.F.F. and our atty.

Flag Ceremony photos


A song of healing for the innocent victims of September 11, 2001. The lost and the living.

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dedicated to the men and women who responded to the tragic events of Sept 11, 2001
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CNN Memorial with Bio's on the victims

LEGACY,com, Where LIFE stories live on: Sept 11, 2001

September 11, 2001

In The Line Of Duty
Sept 11, 2001
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Dedicated to those whose lives were stolen and to the
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