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Memorial Day 2009

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Today is a day of remembrance of those who lost their lives while in service to our country, particularly while in the military. As much as December 7 and September 11 have their own special place as historical dates, I think we need to remember those lost on those days as well, both civilian and military. Both were pusillanimous attacks on our country, but somehow in time have lost some of their importance in our history, particulary Pearl Harbor, but even only after 8 years, 9/11 is starting to fade. Today I honor Navy Coxswain Joe Hydrusko, who I knew personally. Joe was officially credited with rescuing approximately 300 sailors from the burning waters during the attack and the leading the efforts to cut 36 sailors from the burning hulk of the Oklahoma. Every December 7 he would fly his Stinson around the Statue of Liberty and drop roses (Many tried to get Joe the CMH, but it never happened). We miss you Joe.

For 9/11, I remember Pat Lyons, who as New York City Fireman courageously lost his life while trying to save others. Pat left a wife pregnant with their first child. Such stories abound of the people of the NYFD, NYPD and the PAPD. Also remember those on Flight 93, those on Flight 77 and those that worked in the Pentagon.
As usual, thank you for reading this blog.

Written by James Lagnese

May 25, 2009 at 10:18 am