As the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks nears, we thought it was fitting to say a few words about just how much our police, firefighters and other first responders do for us on a daily basis. It’s particularly important that we acknowledge just how much our first responders do for us during the current political climate where these very people are under continual assault and governments are being pressured to defund police departments.
We taped this short video where Chris Proffit reflects on how important our police and firefighters are to us at the most neglected landmark in Los Angeles. The Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden.
During the 9/11 attacks, 2,996 people were killed and another 6000 injured. September 11, 2001 is considered the single deadliest incident for firefighters and police in human history. But each day when our police and firefighters leave for work, their families fear this may be the day they do not return home.
Each day when our police and firefighters go to work, they know they are risking their lives to protect ours. In return they need our support… not the relentless “politically correct: attacks and calls to defund them. We are asking that on September 11th, or any day, that you head over to the Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden, sit on one of the benches and reflect on just how much our first responders do for us. And what will happen to our society if they stop doing their jobs.
The Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden opened on September 11, 2011, on the tenth anniversary of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks. The focal point of the garden is a 30 foot, 1900 pound bent steel girder salvaged from the World Trade Center. The base on which it rests is in the shape of a pentagon to represent the attack on the Pentagon on that day. Two statues to the right represent the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The grassy area behind the towers represents where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed. Plaques with the names of those who perished surround the exhibit, along with plaques with the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg address.
The Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden is located on the grounds of the Beverly Hills Fire Department, across from the Beverly Hills Civic Center. The address is 445 N Rexford Drive.
We do encourage you to take some time to view this beautiful memorial and to think about just how much our policemen, firemen and paramedics do for us each day when they go to work.
See more photos after the break…