Marine Gen. John F. Kelly Honors Fallen Police Officers and Firefighters at Memorial Day Ceremony

Emily Ngo  Newsday

A U.S. Marine Corps general hailed New York City’s fallen firefighters and police officers Monday as among those whose sacrifices should also be honored on Memorial Day.

During a ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan, Gen. John F. Kelly paid tribute to NYPD detectives Brian Moore, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos — all killed in the line of duty in recent months — as well as firefighters and police officers who died on September 11, 2001.

General John F. Kelly, USMC, delivers remarks during a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Photo, Charles Eckert

General John F. Kelly, USMC, delivers remarks during a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Photo, Charles Eckert

“Although Memorial Day is all about our military members who have paid the price for their devotion to this county,” said Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command to a gathering at the museum, “I would be remiss as we sit here literally in the shadows of what were once the towers, if I failed to mention another kind of hero . . . first responders of every sort.”

Dozens of active servicemen, veterans and their families attended the museum’s ceremony on the pier beside the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier. The service featured the tossing of four commemorative wreaths into the Hudson River, the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, a three-volley rifle salute, the playing of “Taps,” and a fighter jet flyover in the “missing man formation.” Read More »

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Taking a Gander at a hidden 9/11 story: Upcoming U.S. debut of September 11 musical 

Rebecca Tucker, National Post

One of the 39 planes that were diverted to Gander International Airport because of terrorist attacks in the United States sits on the tarmac at the airport in this September 11, 2001. Photo - Gander Beacon

One of the 39 planes that were diverted to Gander International Airport because of terrorist attacks in the United States sits on the tarmac at the airport in this September 11, 2001. Photo – Gander Beacon

On September 11, 2001 — a Tuesday — Janice Goudie was beginning her second day as an intern at the Gander Beacon in Gander, Newfoundland. That morning, someone had mentioned to her on the phone that dozens of international flights were being redirected from U.S. airspace to various international airports elsewhere, but, “being the new person, I didn’t know what that meant.”

“And I said, well, we have an international airport, so what does that mean?” Goudie says. “And they said: it means get to the airport now.

Goudie, 21 years old at the time, would spend the next 24 hours stationed at the Gander International Airport, where 38 airliners, 6,122 passengers and 473 crew members would land during Operation Yellow Ribbon, which saw airports across Canada play host to diverted flights in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The population of Gander was fewer than 10,000. Read More »

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Dunedin retiree finishes 1,150-mile walk to Yankee Stadium for charity

Tampa Bay Times

Long walk to Yankee Stadium will end today

After 1,150 miles, he’ll walk the final steps to the gates of Yankee Stadium. Then he’ll touch home plate.

Richard Albero’s family thought he was crazy when he announced his plan to walk from the Yankees’ spring training home in Tampa to the team’s stadium in the Bronx. But nobody doubted he’d give the trek his all.

Albero, a 65-year-old former naval officer and math teacher who lives in Dunedin, began his long walk at Steinbrenner Field’s home plate on March 2. He wanted to honor his nephew, Gary Albero, who died in the 9/11 attacks. Along the way, he has sought donations for the Wounded Warrior Project. With a week before his 86-day walk was to end, Albero had raised $27,000, surpassing his goal of $25,000. Read More »

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