Memorial 9/11 GORUCK Challenges


[MUSIC PLAYING] Touch the ruck in front of you. Come on, this is
game time right here. It’s all mental. I know this feeling. Make a hole, make a hole. Hey, can you guys all hear me? Yes. Hey look, I get it. There are a lot of us who
were actually here 9/11 ’01. These emotions are fucking real. That’s what makes the magnitude
of this event the best event, in my opinion. Wash it away,
swallow it, use it. Drive your team, take
care of your team, look out for one another. Just a little taste,
that’s all we can give you. I can only give
you a little taste, I can’t give you the
whole thing, right? I can only give
you a little taste. And then you to take a
little bit of the rest just to pay a little bit
of respect, just to have a little bit
of feelings that they had going through this. OK? Got it? [ALL AGREE] I hope you appreciate that, OK? North tower’s going down. Drop your rucks. Go, go, go, go. Hurry up. Save your lives. Save your lives. Save your lives. Drop your ruck, come on. Run. Why are we here? To honor the fallen. Why are we here? To honor the fallen. That’s about right. It still gets me every
time I come back here. We all go about our daily lives,
and every time I come back it kind of digs up
all those memories and everything that happened
because of what happened here. There’s nothing fun
about remembering the specific sacrifices. What’s worthwhile though,
is remembering the feeling that we were all
part of something bigger than ourselves. I don’t know– It’s hard to come back. Can anybody hear me? OK, great. My day on September 11th,
2001 started in headquarters. I was a three star chief
and I oversaw Manhattan. I think we all know where
we were when the World Trade Center was attacked. We heard a call on the radio
that there was an explosion at the World Trade Center. I ran to the chief of
department’s office, Peter Ganci, who was
killed on that day. He was our highest
ranking civil servant. He was killed on that day. We looked out his window and
we could see a clear blue sky from across the river. And we looked at each other
and said, this is no accident. We lived a few miles
from Ground Zero. A lot of kids at our school–
their dads, sisters, moms, brothers, aunts, family friends
went to work that morning and never came home. I was over there when
the first plane hit. I’m a volunteer EMT so I
stuck around, I tried to help. A lot of people tried to help. And then the tower came
down after the second plane. And I knew right away that
this was a life changing thing. And it was a huge fire. Jeff’s firehouse is
right across the street so I knew he was there. And I was excited for him that
he got to go to a good job. And that was the beginning. Every single emotion that
you could think of was raw. And that’s how I felt for
the whole entire first year. We’ve talked about–
these emotions are real. It’s impossible to forget
America at our lowest was America at our
best, together. And so it’s that
service that endures. It’s not the revenge,
that part fades. Yeah, we can bring
it back a little bit. But because of our
reaction, because of what we did as
a nation, because of what we do as a community
of people putting others before ourselves, it’s the
service that will endure. And it’s a service
that does endure. And that’s the spirit that
we aim to capture here. Of all the places in
the world, NYC 9/11 is where it comes
back to strongest. It’s really an honor to be
with you here at this moment. It’s hard to do alone. It’s a lot better
to do with you all. So thank you. When you look back on your
life sometimes I think that. It’s not so much what
you did for yourself, but what did you do
for other people? A while back I heard Jason talk
about building better Americans and giving back
to the community. And I always wondered
what I could do. And at 44 years old I decided to
go down to the local volunteer fire department. I’ve spent the past two years
training and qualifying, and I earned my volunteer
fire department badge. I mean, if wasn’t for you
starting GORUCK and the people I met through
GORUCK, I never would have gotten the
motivation to give back to a community like this. And I couldn’t figure out
what to do and this was it. It’s physical, it’s mental,
and it pushes me to my limits. Every time I put that uniform
on I think about the phrase that I learned at
a GORUCK event. And all it takes is all you
got, and that’s in my helmet. And I think about that
when I put my helmet on. And just like these
events when you give out 110%, when I get on that track
I’m ready to give out 110%. When I saw everyone with
his name on their ruck I was, like, this
is it, this is it. He’s never going to be forgotten
and he would have loved this. GORUCK has made a huge
difference in my life. When it come back here, you
know, this particular event I was not– today, I was not prepared for
the emotional roller coaster that I went through,
especially towards the end. It took me about two years
before I couldn’t even walk around this site. When that simulation of the
towers fall and the first tower falling hit, padre
screamed it out. Everybody said,
everybody hit the deck. And I remember the rumble. And the fire chief
said it very well. It was a rumble, then a roar. And I looked up, and I
started to shake like that. And it happened again. That hasn’t happened in a while. It’s so real, like, to go back
and pull up those emotions from past experiences
that you don’t really know how it’s going to be
until you’re in that situation. And for a couple of the guys,
like, they were really there. They really did this. And they come back here
to do these events, you know, to honor the
fallen because it’s real. And it hit home to them. That’s real pain, that’s
real human emotion. That’s a real GORUCK event. Every week we bring
people together and we have learned,
right at this site, that working together
you can do so much more than working on your own. As I said, the
heroism, the bravery, and the courage that took
place at this sacred ground– this hallowed ground will
never ever be forgotten. We have a couple of words in
New York City Fire Department that we say to our families. They’re our most
important asset. We will never forget. [MUSIC PLAYING]

3 thoughts on “Memorial 9/11 GORUCK Challenges

  • Thank you so much for putting this together and for continuing to put 9/11 events on. This was absolutely worth the entire watch.

  • Never ever forget. As a retired USMC Pilot, I have been to too many memorial services and have been to too many funerals at Arlington. May we all never forget.

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