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Author's Note: On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 over 3,000 of our fellow citizens were murdered by Muslim terrorists. Put THAT in your profile and NEVER FORGET! I've decided to repost this story, changing the time of sunrise and adding some stuff. I'm going to put it up every September 11th as long as I'm here on FFN. To all those who read and reviewed the original story, thank you so much. As you go about your Tuesday, please take just a minute to remember those who lost their lives eleven years ago. I've decided to keep the second chapter in the story because after all it is the rest of the story.
Dedication: This story is dedicated not to those who died, but to those left behind, because they bear the heaviest burden.
"To live in hearts we leave behind, Is not to die"- Thomas Campbell
"Good evening. Tonight I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children."- President Barack Obama, 1 May 2011, 2335hrs
Earlier this evening President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES JUSTICE WILL BE DONE. - Written statement of former President George W. Bush
"Justice will be served And the battle will rage This big dog will fight When you rattle his cage And you'll be sorry that you messed with the U S of A, 'Cause we'll put a boot in your ass, It's the American way"-Toby Keith, Courtesy of the Red, White, And Blue(the Angry American), 2001
"…And I wanta say one more thing. In the spirit of the Irish people, Osama Bin Laden you can kiss my royal Irish ass!"- Mike Moran, FDNY, The Concert for New York, 20 October 2001
"Our hearts so stout have got us fame, for soon 'tis known from whence we came, where're we go they dread the name, of Garry Owen in glory."- "Garryowen", the official air of the 7th US Cavalry Rgt. and the 1st Cavalry Division
"Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend But I always thought that I'd see you again."
Arlington National Cemetery, September 11, 2012 0646 hrs
The sun was just peeking over the horizon as NCIS Senior Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs made his way thru the grave markers of Arlington. Even if it had been totally dark, Gibbs could have found the gravesite. He had been coming to it since 2003.
At that time he had read an article about the colonel in the Washington Times. Finding that the colonel was buried at Arlington, Jethro decided that a visit every September 11th would be his way of honoring the over 3,000 Americans murdered on that fateful day.
As he reached the grave there was just enough light to make out the inscription on the Government Issue headstone.
Cyril R Rescorla
Silver Star Bronze Star OLC
May 27 1939
September 11 2001
"Rick" Rescorla came to the US in 1963 from his native Cornwall in the UK. He had already been a British Army paratrooper and a Rhodesian police officer.
He joined the US Army. After Basic Training and Jump School, he was accepted for Officers Candidate School. As a new second lieutenant he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile). He fought in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam in 1965. This battle was the basis for the book and movie, "We Were Soldiers, Once …and Young".
After his active service Rick Rescorla stayed in the Reserves, retiring a Colonel. He also earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degree. In civilian life he rose to be head of security for Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter.
Morgan Stanley occupied 20 floors of Tower 2 of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Doing a security survey of the WTC for Morgan Stanley, Rick predicted that terrorists would try to take out the pillars of the towers in an attempt to bring them down.
This is exactly what would happen in 1993.
After that attack Rescorla recommended that Morgan Stanley move out of the towers and relocate to office space in New Jersey.
He was overruled.
On September 11, 2001 there were 2700 employees working at Morgan Stanley. Chiefly due to Rick Rescorla's efforts only thirteen died that day. Rick Rescorla and his three assistants, Wesley Mercer, Jorge Velazquez, and Goodwin Forde were among those who died.
Gibbs reached inside his jacket and drew out the shoulder patch of the First Cavalry Division. He leaned it on the headstone, stepped back and stiffened to attention.
"Air Cav, Colonel."
Gibbs turned on his heel and walked away. Until next year.
"Been walking my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sun Lord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head around Well there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things to come Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground."- Fire & Rain by James Taylor
A/N: Cyril Richard "Rick" Rescorla is not buried at Arlington. His body was never recovered. There is however a memorial plaque for him at a nature preserve near his home in Morris County, NJ. On that fateful day ten years ago the Port Authority PD, NYPD and FDNY mounted the largest rescue effort ever. It was not without cost. The PAPD lost 37 members, NYPD lost 23 and FDNY lost 343. The US Coast Guard has an unofficial motto. "You have to go out, but nothing says that you have to come back".