Dear Members and Supporters,
On the 12th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the HEART 9/11 Family extends our thoughts and prayers to those who were taken from us too soon, their families, our colleagues who have succumbed in the years since from their 9/11 illnesses and all survivors.
HEART 9/11 will honor our friends and all those who were lost by helping others. With the WTC in our rearview mirror at all times, the rescue/recovery members of HEART 9/11 are propelled to do deeds that we never would have contemplated had we not been so moved by the events of that time and the love that picked us up from our knees. This week, HEART 9/11 will continue our rebuild of the All American Soccer Club, touching a generation that was not even alive on 9/11/2001. This coming Saturday, 9/14, we will also begin the demolition of a home which will be renovated for a wounded Iraq veteran and his wife and four children. On Monday, 9/16, HEART 9/11 will be back in the Hurricane Sandy ravaged areas in Brooklyn and Queens. Thousands of Sandy victims have been assisted by HEART 9/11 members over the past ten months. There is no better way to remember our friends, colleagues and their surviving families, than to honor their sacrifices and to channel their love by using our skills and expertise to help those in need.
This past Sunday, I spent the afternoon with my NYPD friends and surviving NYPD families at a mass celebrated by FR Romano, the NYPD Chaplain, at Our Lady of Gaudalupe in Brooklyn.
Today, I will be spending time with friends at Cantor Fitzgerald and I will visit with my FDNY friends. I know there will be tears and the pain still lingers but I also know that this family is strong and resilient. We have each other and the memory of our fallen to keep us focused on what we can do in the future instead of what we can’t change. This is the message from Cantor, from firehouses, precincts and construction sites throughout this great nation that on this day “We will NEVER FORGET” by remembering our loved ones and friends by serving others.
Bill Keegan, Founder/President HEART 9/11