None of us can ever forget where we were on that fateful day, the indelible images burned in our minds. Sept. 11, 2016 is the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the most cataclysmic terrorist attack on American soil, resulting in the loss of 2,996 lives, and injuring more than 6,000 others.
Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell was burned over 60 percent of his body when Flight 77, a 757 passenger jet crashed into the Pentagon where he was stationed as an Army lieutenant colonel. “The Lord’s grace spared my life that day, giving me blessings I should not have seen.” These include seeing his son graduate from high school and college and marry as well as serving as a legislator to the citizens of Texas. “We must never forget not only those lost on Sept. 11, but …those lost and wounded in the war on terror..nor should we ever forget the capacity for evil from radical Islamic terrorism that seeks our demise.
The scarring from Birdwell’s massive burns inhibits his range of motion to this day. The inhalation injury prohibits aerobic activities as he’s easily short of breath.
Dust to Dust
Many first-responders, volunteers and survivors who worked in the lower Manhattan area have died and more are still suffering with illnesses from exposure to the toxic fumes from the collapse of the Twin Towers and Building 7.
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Photos by Ricki DeSantis