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  • Friday, September 10, 2021

    9/11 Anniversary Reminds Us of the Sacrifices We Make for Freedom

    Frank LaMarsh 2021

    Frank LaMarsh

    Each of us has a searing memory of Sept. 11, 2001, when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside.

    One of mine was the sudden realization that I now understood what my parents’ generation felt when Pearl Harbor was attacked, propelling us into World War II. It weighed on the whole country, bringing Americans together in spirit – just as it did 80 years later as the nation watched in shock the disaster unfolding at the World Trade Center towers. It propelled us into a war on terror.

    I am so grateful to our American Legion Family across the Department of New York that is participating in remembrance ceremonies on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The Legion Family continues to support and express gratitude to our post-9/11 veterans and the men and women wearing our country’s uniforms.

    To all our veterans and their families — thank you for your sacrifice and service, which safeguards our freedoms.

    America is not just the land of the free and the home of the brave; it is the land of the free because of the brave.

    For God and Country
    Frank LaMarsh, Commander
    Department of New York

    60 Wall St  on 9 11

    Shot of ground zero from 60 Wall Street after the World Trade Center was hit. In Commander LaMarsh’s own words: “I was at 60 Wall St. about 3 blocks from ground zero. My team and I stayed in the office for the week to keep JPMorgan Chase’s Data Center functioning. I was in my office on the 9th Floor having my weekly staff meeting when the first plane hit.”