I think everyone can remember where they were on September 11th when tragedy struck the twin towers, but for us it was a night that went from charming and alluring into disbelief and sadness. 10 years ago, on August 31st, we were married near a fountain at the Marin Civic Center and a week later were flying over the Atlantic ocean to start our 3 week honeymoon in Italy. On September 11th we were getting ready for dinner and a night out in Florence when I turned on the tv to see what I initially thought was another bad action movie, but after a few seconds I realized it was the BBC news showing the unedited broadcast of the horror of 911. (yes, we saw horrible footage that they respectfully didn't show in the U.S.)
Like everyone were in complete shock and disbelief and as we soon found out so was the city of Florence. We walked out to dinner in a daze only to find a city filled with compassion, caring, and empathy for the victims. But today is a bittersweet day as we celebrate our anniversary because we will never forget the lost lives and we will always remember the monumentous effort from every rescue team that joined in the rescue and clean-up efforts after the attack.
Please take a few minutes to watch the video Hero Dogs of 9/11 created by The Dog Files. I remember seeing a picture of a firefighter sleeping next to his dog in a crate in a vets office, utterly exhausted, but so dedicated to his partner that he couldn't leave his dog alone and hurt. Still makes me cry. If you are interested in what it takes to train for search and rescue then I highly recommend reading Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson. The training and the dedication these teams have is absolutely amazing, I could only wish that everyone had that connection with their dog.