Tuesday, September 11, 2012
11th Anniversary of 9/11/01 - No One Is Forgotten
Shortwave America always pays tribute to the victims and families of 9-11-01 each year. They were pilots, airline crew members, World Trade Center Workers, Police Officers, Firemen, Paramedics, civilian volunteers, good samaritans, and the list goes on. As time has passed since that morning, it has been learned that many thousands of people are now sick from breathing in the dust and debris from the collapsed buildings. You are not forgotten either!
None of you are forgotten! Each year, we post Daryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?" This year is no different. "Have You Forgotten?" is the single most powerful expression of remembrance anywhere, ever written by any artist on the planet.
New York City ARECS (Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service) was activated the morning of 9-11-01. This quote from the NYC ARECS page tells the short summary of how our fellow amateur radio ops came to give of themselves when NYC had absolutely no communications at all: "Plans called for hams to be on duty 24 hours a day. Not only were cell sites, police and fire communications, and most television antennas lost when the World Trade Center collapsed, the New York City Office of Emergency Management bunker was lost when 7 World Trade Center collapsed later in the day (it had already been evacuated). Besides emergency traffic, amateurs shadowed some New York City officials and medical officials, handled medical traffic, and assisted the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army."
See the NYC ARECS Page here. The page includes important files that prove their service and help to remember the contribution they gave on that day to help in the search and rescue efforts. KA1DDB has a web page dedicated to our fellow amateur operators who served on that morning to help keep communications running.