This just doesn’t make sense to me. First, no religious representatives were being allowed at New York’s 10-year anniversary event commemorating the attacks of September 11, 2001, and now no room is being made for firefighters and other first responders to attend? That’s what I just learned from this (free!) article at the Wall Street Journal, “No Firemen at Ground Zero This 9/11?” written by Michael Burke, the brother of one fireman who died that day.
One of the things that came out of that day that burns in my mind was the terrible way in which America was reminded of what it meant to be a man. That one of the fundamental precepts of our culture used to be “Women and children first,” learned by every American and British schoolboy who was infused with the story of the Birkenhead Drill at a young age. For a brief time after 9/11, it seemed as though some of the best characteristics of manhood were allowed to be claimed by men again, and we were thankful as a nation that actual men still existed.
Those 343 first responders — all of whom were men — who died serving others on 9/11 reminded all of us that there still are men who are willing to run toward whatever everyone else is running away from.
If the opinion article in the WSJ is a true reflection of the planning around the 9/11 remembrance event in New York City, shame on those making those plans.
(For those interested, here is one of the best brief books you will find on the Birkenhead Drill, IMHO: “The Birkenhead Drill” by Douglas F. Phillips of the Vision Forum. For an additional 9/11 entry in this blog, consider this one: “Have we learned the wrong lessons from 9/11?” — a post which also became a 9/11 commentary on the Tomorrow’s World website. Consider, too, this Tomorrow’s World article on the 10th anniversary of the attack: “Nine-Eleven Plus Ten.” America and its citizens seem to be failing to learn what we should have from the events of that day ten years ago, and our prophetic date with destiny — and the God who is the Author of Destiny — has come all the closer for it.)