Lady Liberty, a Statue of Liberty replica, stood honor guard outside the firehouse of Engine 54/Ladder 4/Battalion 9. The firehouse lost 15 of their men at the World Trade Center on 9/11. How Lady Liberty appeared outside the firehouse is unknown, but its presence encouraged the public to leave messages and tributes.

On 09/11/2001 my 8-year-old daughter watched the World Trade Centers collapse.   For days after 9/11 as all of the networks played the collapses over and over.  I remember distinctly the moment when she asked me when the jets were going to quit flying into the buildings?  She thought the terrorism was still continuing and wanted to know when it would stop.  I quit watching the news while she was around to keep her from fearing we would be next.

Our children will never forget that day.  I will never forget that day.  Freedom is worth defending.

9/11 A day to remember ALL who have defended freedom.