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Honor the sacrifice

Matt Roe | Wednesday, May 4, 2011

When I heard that bin Laden had been killed, I took to my friend’s vuvuzela and I am not ashamed. While I myself did not lose any friends or family on 9/11, my father lost 343 brothers at the World Trade Center. As an assistant chief at my hometown fire department, my father trained in New York City and had many friends who lost their lives that day. It seemed as if he was driving to the city in his class A uniform every week to attend the funeral of a fallen brother. To this day, FDNY is being affected by the events of Ground Zero. A close family friend was forced into retirement because he developed asthma from all the dust at the scene. Every department has memorials outside their doors in honor of those who gave their lives to save others.

Yes, I celebrated and I will continue to celebrate for these men. I will celebrate in honor of every innocent man, woman, and child who died that day. I will celebrate in honor of those who are overseas willing to sacrifice their lives in order to keep me free and safe at home.

Matt Roe


Morrissey Manor

May 3