Plaque Dedication for FF Vincent Albanese of Ladder 38 (Retired)
"A Firefighter's Dream"
by Rupert McCall.
In 2010, nine years after New York’s World Trade Centre was bought down on one of the universe’s darkest days, inspiration for America’s firefighters came from an unlikely source. On the other side of the globe, an Australian poet sat down to pen tribute. With images and accounts of the 343 fallen firefighters swirling through his heart and soul, he absorbed the courage, the honour and the sacrifice of their situation and wrote his stirring piece ‘A Firefighter’s Dream’ When Captain of Rescue 2 Liam Flaherty heard the poem, he rang McCall in Brisbane and invited him to recite his ode at Ground Zero on September 11 during the annual twilight ceremony of the FDNY. Flaherty lost so many brothers on that terrible day and he’d heard many tributes since, but nothing quite summed it up like the spirit and sentiment impacted by McCall’s words.
McCall described it as “the most humbling experience in his life” Emotional. Powerful. Spine-tingling. So well was his Ground Zero recital received last year, he has been invited to speak at Firehouse Expo Conferences in both San Diego and Baltimore in 2011. He has also been summonsed by the FDNY to return to New York for the 10Th Anniversary Commemorations of 9/11 in September. At a time when Americans stand shoulder to shoulder and reiterate their vow to the fallen ‘WE WILL NEVER FORGET” Rupert McCall’s poem ‘A Firefighter’s Dream’ can only serve to strengthen that honourable promise.
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The FDNY Pipes and Drums are proud to announce the first ever World Police Fire Games Bag Pipe Band Competition.
Come spend the day with some of your fellow pipers and drummers from around the world. Pipe Bands bring your best set of 3-4 tunes consisting of 2/4, 3/4, or 4/4 music. This is an unsanctioned event but will be judged by official EUSPBA Judges.
This event will be held during the games, it will be held on Randall’s Island on Saturday the 27th of August.
For Registration or more information on the contest please contact:
Pipe Major Jerry Brengel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the World Police and Fire Games website for more information.