One thing that rings true six years later: Remembrances and speeches commemorating 9-11 are best conveyed by those who bore witness to the unthinkable devastation. Today's Tribute to Heroes memorial service at Bradenton City Centre featured a chilling keynote speech from Garrett Lindgren, a retired member of FDNY Rescue 3.
Lindgren, who now lives in Bradenton, had to choke back tears as he recounted in vivid detail the events of 9-11 as they unfolded and the brutal aftermath. It's impossible to imagine what he and his "brothers'' endured as they rushed to provide rescue and support after the Twin Towers collapsed.
Many of Lindgren's comrades were lost and -- as he took time to point out at the end of his talk -- many others suffered permanent injuries.
We can't possibly know what the rescue teams went through, other than it was probably more than most of us will ever be asked to do.