On this Patriots day we must remember those who perished either as innocent victims or those who gave all in an effort to save those trapped. As it says outside of Dachau concentration camp “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.” So it is imperative that we remember what happened on that day and those who gave their lives. It is also important to pay our respects to those men and women who to this day are battling with illnesses and PTSD obtained from and around Ground Zero and the Pentagon. Now please bare with me I know this is a travel blog. My start for an appreciation of life and a love of travel bare roots planted in those days. So let’s remember those who didn’t come home and lets learn where TravelguyMark started his journey.
Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you’ll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before. Many of you may not know but I am also a Firefighter/Paramedic still working to this day. So I have an innate need to help others and to treat others as I would want to be treated. So as a Firefighter/paramedic when the Towers fell, the Pentagon was hit and flight 93 was taken down by those brave souls who tried to take back control of the plane, I knew I had to do something. When we arrived at Ground Zero the devastation was more than any of us could comprehend. We worked hard to try and find any survivors but it was to no avail. We did our best to recover those that we could. Once it was time to come home, I had a new appreciation for life and it’s a delicate balance. Realizing that any day could be your last day. Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you’ll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before.
When home, with the aid of the American Lung Association. I helped organize Hustle up the Hancock and raised money for the Widows and Children’s fund. We had 343 Firefighters do the stairs all with gear on and all assigned a fallen firefighter to represent. Some maniac’s like me did it on air, and let me tell you that was not easy. After a few years I found a job that not only was incredible but had an amazing group of people working at it. I became a fixed wing medic with a Company called Aerocare. I worked with some of the best Medics and Nurses around. We traveled the world bringing people home or taking them to medical care that they needed.
Then the inevitable happened I met a girl.
This amazing woman would later become my wife and with her I learned to slow down and enjoy things, travel and live life. I have incredible kids who make me smile everyday and on certain days make me want to pull out my hair and I can’t afford to pull out much. I took all the things I had learned from my days at ground zero and from traveling with Aerocare and focused those things on us. So I live today to remember those that have fallen and given us the opportunities that we have. I remember and give thanks to those who cannot do the same, and today on this patriots day I am thankful to live in the greatest country.