September 11, 2001, is a day that will be remembered as the day that changed all American lives forever. On this day, the United States was viciously and savagely targeted with a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda.
The death toll was a staggering 2,977 lives lost, which also included the 19 hijackers. First responders who lost their lives that day totaled 343 firefighters, 58 law enforcement officers, 8 emergency medical technicians and one fire patrolman. These first responders put their own safety aside as they hurried to assist, and if needs be, rescue those who were now in harms way. At the end of the day, many of the first responders who went to work that morning would never again return home to their families, friends or loved ones.
As search and rescue teams toiled through the rubble for missing persons, American citizens watched the events of this fateful day replayed over and over again on television. There was confusion, anger, and sadness as Americans learned of the details surrounding these tragic events and the terrible loss of life.
In the days to follow, America came together, and placing their political and racial differences aside, they became a nation of one mindset determined to remain strong in the face of all adversity. Never were so many American flags displayed both in public and private places. People remembered their God and returned to their places of worship. Patriotism became epidemic in our country and many enlisted in our armed forces just as their fathers and grandfathers had answered the call to defend their lives, their homes, and their families when our beloved America was savagely attacked on another fateful day in history.
During this time of confusion and uncertainty, many who fought this new war against terrorism paid the ultimate sacrifice. Almost 7,000 of the men and women of our military forces said good-bye to their families for the last time as they went off to war. Mothers and fathers who now mourn sons and daughters, wives and husbands who lost the love of their lives, and finally the children who were left behind without a father or a mother and only a folded flag to hold and a picture to hug.
To say thank you for your service is the common phrase now days, but as the service member replies, "you're welcome", they remember the ones who will never come home, the ones that they would call true heroes. We want to acknowledge our heroes and march together, work together, and help one another while putting aside our differences and coming together as one, and carry in our hearts and mind a remembrance of the hardships endured, the burdens carried, and the amazing love of those who have paid the ultimate price.
"God bless the United States of America."
You should have at least 100 miles on your marching footwear before doing this march. This ensures that your gear is broken in and you will know where you will get "hot spots."
- Carry some moleskin pieces to fit these areas, and apply it before the "hot spot" develops.
- Some marchers find that knee-high nylons next to the skin under absorbent socks are effective in preventing blisters.
- Some marchers recommend applying an extra-dry deodorant to your feet to reduce or prevent sweating; others recommend foot powder.
- Experiment during your training to see what works best for you.
- If you get blisters, stop at an aid tent and get them treated before continuing on. It will save you time further down the trail.
- If you come upon a disabled or sick marcher on the trail, note the location and report this information to personnel at the next water point or to a patrol so we can send a vehicle to retrieve them.
- We will have emergency vehicles at each aid station and an ambulance available.
- If you have questions regarding your health and participation in this event, consult your physician.
- Armaskin socks are excellent product to prevent blisters
Follow a realistic and progressive training schedule, working up to 25 miles several weeks before a march.
- When training, wear the boots or shoes and carry the equipment you intend to use on the march. This is particularly important if participating in one of the HEAVY categories.
The following recommendations are based on the observations of doctors, nurses, and medics who assist along the march route. This is a rigorous and demanding event. You should be in good health to participate.
- If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease; if you are on regular medications or if you have medication allergies, please legibly write down this information on your badge or or tag your shirt, That way if you pass out on the route, the medics will have a better idea of how to care for you.
- Have appropriate clothing available, you may have to remove layered clothes along the route, it may be colder or rain in september.
- Lightwieght poncho in case of rain.
- Plan for the possibility of high winds with blowing dust. Include a bandana and eye protection in your pack.
- Those with a history of reactive airway disease or pulmonary dysfunction should consult their physician before this event. Blowing dust may, in some cases, trigger acute respiratory events.
- Make sure to keep any prescribed medications needed in case of such an attack with you during the march.
- It is also a good idea to bring a pair of flip flops for after the event as you may not be able to put your shoes back on.