Oscar here. If the uniformed masses of sailors and the day off from work werent enough to clue you in, let me remind you that today is Memorial Day. This special day is dedicated to the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed forces.
With timing that I can only assume intentionally coincided with this annual holiday, an edifice created for a similar purpose—remembering—recently opened its doors. This building is the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Opening 13 years after the horrific events of September 11, 2001, this museum serves as a way to remember fallen friends and family, an opportunity to honor their lives and memories, and, as a beacon of hope for the future.
Mrs. Silverman works at this museum and recently took the Silverman family on a tour so they could see first hand how these individuals lives have been respectfully remembered. Housed within 10,000 sq. feet of space that circles ever downward into the cavernous depths of lower Manhattan, no detail has been spared in the development of this beautiful, educational ode to those who were lost. From firemen to policemen, business men and women, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, theyre all commemorated. Even the dogs.
Every bit as vital to the rescue operation as their human partners, the 9/11 dogs were integral in locating, removing and saving human lives on the day of and in the months after the attacks on the World Trade Center. And thats why they have a special place dedicated to them in the museum. On this solemn day, and on behalf of four legged animals everywhere, I am proud to honor the memory of our fallen comrades.
In the midst of barbecuing, drinking a few cold ones and spending time with friends and family, if you are moved to make a donation to a wonderful fund that helps train and prepare future animals for the line of duty, there are a number of great organizations that you can donate to:
- Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States- http://sardogsus.org/
- The National Association for Search and Rescue- http://www.nasar.org/page/34/Canine-Search-and-Res...
- The American Rescue Dog Association- http://www.ardainc.org/
Or, if you want something in your home to commemorate them by, Ron Burns created The Dogs of 9/11, a beautiful and meaningful collection of portraits of the lost dogs.
Have a meaningful Memorial Day.
Til next time,