I got the privilege of attending a Rememberance Ceremony at the fire station today. As expected , the chief did a great job. It's a day to honor the fallen and remember their sacrifice. More than that, even, it's a day to remember to celebrate our freedom and thank the men and women who work hard every day to protect that. As the chief said, it's important for us to remember this day every day by living a life of service. The most touching moment for me was when they rang the 5 - 5 - 5 on the fire bell. In the past, before radio communciation, that was the tone for a fallen firefighter. Five rings, a pause, five rings, a pause, and then five rings. Thank you to those 343 firefighters who gave their lives seven years ago, and to their families who gave them. Thank you to all the people who sacrificed their lives, both in emergency service and otherwise. I am grateful every day to live in this amazing country and try not to take for granted that this freedom isn't free. To those of you who continue to serve...with all my heart...thank you. God bless America!
PS Thank you to John McCain and Barack Obama for putting your differences aside today. I appreciated the unity.