NY Fire Fighters deliver Twin Towers Cross to Shanksville

Heatbreaking and beautiful

 

KDKA

Steel Cross Erected Near Flight 93 Site

SHANKSVILLE (KDKA) ― Hundreds of New York City firefighters, bearing a gift of remembrance for another place affected by the events of September 11th, made a special dedication ceremony today in Somerset County.

More than 400 firemen came thundering into Shanksville’s fire station to give a gift, and show September 11 solidarity.

They brought a piece of steel from the North Tower of the World Trade Center that is shaped like a cross.

This morning in front of that cross, firefighters read the names of those lost, when Flight 93 crashed, not far from the fire station.

New York City firefighter Dominic Esposito was on-hand.

He came for the family he lost in the towers.

“My brother, firefighter Frankie Esposito and cousin, Capt. Michael Esposito,” said Esposito.

For Esposito, this was not a ride, but a pilgrimage, to where other heroes fell.

“Oh, that’s sacred ground,” said Esposito. “That’s so sacred ground.”

“My brother was killed in the South Tower,” said New York Fireman John McAllese. “Had four kids, all under 5 years-old. I lost 8 guys in my fire house.”

For McAllese, the steel cross means his brother, Esposito’s brother’s spirits and all the others will forever be in Shanksville, as well.

“It brings a part of it together,” said McAllese. “All three, that day. It brings it all together. It’s special, being here.”

“With this memorial, here in Shanksville, every time we go to a call, there won’t be a time I don’t think of those people,” said Shanksville Fire Chief Terry Shaffer.

Retired New York City Firefighter Lt. Paddy Concannon was one of a few who decided Shanksville and its firefighters deserved this particular monument.

“It is a monument a testament that life goes on,” said Concannon. “We’re going to do our things as Americans, and we’re not going to be deterred.”

Construction of a permanent memorial to the heroes of Flight 93 will get underway soon.

No recreate 68

Criminals ?

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DNC Convention. Hippies, sweat and pink furry things

Again two videos

Pelosi on Obama

2 clips

Pelosi redeploys over non threat

If she was never in danger why did they evac her ?

CBS 4 Denver

Man Arrested With Weapons At Pelosi Hotel

DENVER (AP) ― House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefly evacuated from her downtown Denver hotel on Saturday when a man carrying two hunting rifles and two pistols tried to check in to the hotel.

Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said 29-year-old Joseph Calanchini of Pinedale, Wyo., faces a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon after police officers at the Sheraton hotel noticed him carrying a rifle-type case while checking in. Calanchini did not have a concealed weapons permit, said Lance Clem, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

Wiley said he didn’t know if the weapons were loaded.

Pelosi and other guests briefly evacuated the hotel but were never in danger, Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said.

Calanchini remained at Denver City Jail Sunday on $10,000 bond, said Denver Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Steckman.

Authorities said Calanchini was in town on business and had had the weapons worked upon, including mounting of site scopes, to prepare for an upcoming hunting trip.

“The speaker was never in any danger and she appreciates the quick and professional response of the police,” said Daly.

Ukraine ready to join NATO

backlash

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US Navy arrives in Georgia

Help for Georgia

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US Soldier pleads not guilty to murdering two superior officers

I had not heard of this  case

Lo Hud valley News

Soldier pleads not guilty in fragging case

By Suzan Clarke • The Journal News • August 23, 2008

A soldier accused of killing two superior officers in Iraq, one of whom was from Suffern, pleaded not guilty yesterday.

Army Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez entered the plea during an Article 39(a) proceeding – the equivalent of a civilian court’s pretrial hearing – at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Martinez, 40, of Troy, N.Y., is charged with two counts of premeditated murder in the June 2005 deaths of Capt. Phillip Esposito, 30, of Suffern, his company commander, and 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, 34, of Milford, Pa., second in command of the 42nd Infantry Division’s headquarters support company in Tikrit, Iraq.

Martinez is accused of rigging and detonating a claymore mine on Esposito’s window the night of June 7, 2005. Allen was in the room with Esposito. Both men died of their injuries the next day.

Military judge Col. Stephen Henley made a number of rulings during yesterday’s hearing.

Among them, he deferred to a defense request that Martinez be moved from his current holding facility to another location, but left the final decision up to the facility commander.

The defense had argued that the suspect’s current confinement location was “suppressive,” according to a Fort Bragg media release detailing the results of the hearing.

The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer reported that Martinez’s attorneys argued their client’s solitary confinement at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., was unduly stressful.

Henley said Martinez would get credit for time served if convicted.

The judge denied a motion by Martinez’s defense team that sought to prevent the prosecution from calling additional witnesses, and said he would allow witnesses to be called who would testify that Martinez was disrespectful and insubordinate to Esposito and Allen prior to their deaths.

He also ordered the prosecution to make deployed government witnesses available for defense interviews.

Henley asked Martinez whether he was aware of the severity of the charges and the possibility that he might face capital punishment if convicted. Martinez confirmed that understood.

Martinez’s defense team then entered the plea of not guilty.

The plea represents progress, said Barbara Allen, Louis Allen’s widow. She and Siobhan Esposito, the captain’s widow, and several other family members were present for the hearing.

“It’s really nice to know that he had to enter a plea, and that means there’s no turning back now; we’re actually going to trial,” Allen said.

The case has had many delays, and Siobhan Esposito said it had been “a long and difficult ordeal” for both families.

“Now it is quite apparent that we are going to trial. For a long time I was doubtful (about) when we would go to trial,” Esposito said.

The next pretrial hearing is set for Oct. 6, with the court-martial to begin the following day. The trial could last through Dec. 31.

Barbara Allen said she was “very, very glad” about the way the case was proceeding. As for the results of the trial, Allen said: “The eventual outcome needs to be the death penalty. That’s what needs to happen.”

The two officers’ deaths are considered by the military to be the first “fragging” incident since the U.S. invaded Iraq. Fragging is military slang for intentionally killing another service member.

Peace activists hail their support for Hamas Islamic terrorists

Usefull idiots

 

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