Few people today know that on July 28, 1945, a large aircraft crashed into the Empire State Building. Fewer still know that the accident produced the world record for surviving an elevator fall and that the fall’s victim was rescued by a United States Coast Guardsman.
Tag: New York City
Coast Guardsmen from Sector New York, Station Fire Island, Station Eaton’s Neck, and the Coast Guard Academy recently completed the Stephen Siller Foundation Tunnel to Tower 5K run in downtown New York City. The run is held annually to continue Siller’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and servicemembers.
Coast Guard reservist Master Chief Petty Officer Will Gillis gives a recollection of his duties as a coxswain deployed to New York City after the 9/11 attacks. Gillis recalls the impact on those in New York, himself and his family after being deployed.
The harrowing events of Sept. 11, 2001, forever changed the United States as more than 3,000 Americans tragically lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Despite those horrible events, many people acted heroically on that day and in the aftermath of the attacks. Today, we remember all those lost on 9/11, and thank all those who helped our nation become stronger and safer in the years since.
For almost 10 years, Harry’s days have begun by begging successfully for treats and scratches before going about his daily station duties. Harry usually takes a companion for a walk outside where he patrols the borders of the unit, chases birds, rolls in the grass and keeps an eye out for squirrels. His favorite location is beneath a large, lush tree perched on the side of a hill, overlooking the station.
If finishing a marathon is on your bucket list thinking about the ‘why’ could be what’s standing in the way of crossing it off. Why would anyone want to run 26.2 miles? Try refocusing your energy on the ‘how’ – ask yourself, “How can I accomplish the incredible feat of running a marathon?” On a cold Sunday morning, with winds reaching 40 mph on Staten Island, that answer was clear – family.
Fourteen retired, active and reserve servicewomen kicked off New York Fashion Week after walking the runway at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Sept. 3, 2014. Little Black Dress Wines and Fatigues to Fabulous (F2F), a campaign supporting women as they transition back to being a private citizen, sponsored the fashion show “Salute the Runway.”
When it comes down to it, honoring Veterans is all about remembrance. People need to understand that the worst thing in the world is to feel as though you have been forgotten by the people and country for which you’ve served. Something as simple as stopping to talk to a veteran in the park would mean the world to them.
Like any soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman who takes a vow to serve, a military chaplain takes a different type of vow. A chaplain not only serves but ministers to military personnel and, in many cases, their families and civilians working with the military. Military chaplains are trained to serve any spiritual need, regardless of religious affiliation, and offer pastoral care and support their religious rights and needs.
More than 400 law enforcement officers and fire fighters were killed at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11. While the memory of each of these lifesavers remains in our hearts and minds, there is one officer whose memory continues to live on within the Coast Guard – badge #21630, Santos Valentin.