Honoring 9/11 First Responders: NYC's Thin Red Line

9/11 twin towers - Flags of Valor

Everyone remembers where they were the morning of September 11, 2001. I write this with a deep personal understanding. I was living in New York on September 11th. I lost one good friend in the United Airlines Flight 93 crash (the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania); and the technology company I worked for ultimately went out of business due to the events that day, so I was cut short a career too.

But I was one of the lucky ones. 

I didn't lose a spouse, a child or my parents. I didn't lose my own life! 2,996 innocent people did though. New York's first responders to the scene suffered that day in their efforts to save people, and their suffering continues now.

Per ABC News, 9/11 casualties continue to grow, as more than 16,000 Ground Zero responders have gotten sick and are now eligible for awards. It's a testament to the "Thin Red Line of Courage" that so many were on the scene so quickly and risked everything to save their New York neighbors during an utterly shocking terrorist attack.

The Thin Red Line 

The Thin Red Line of Courage is a representation of that last ounce of grit firefighters find deep down within themselves when fighting fires and saving lives. It's important that we continue to thank and bless our firefighters, and appreciate the job they do for us.

At Flags of Valor our staff is honored to handcraft Thin Red Line American Flags for you to display in your home or office. At Flags of Valor, our mission is clear. We are dedicated to remembering American heroes: enlisted men and women, firefighters and police forces. 

As the anniversary of 9/11 looms, we ask you to support your local police, firefighters and veterans charities. Show your support with a flag from our Thin Red Line inventory. They are all 100% American made!

Related Resources & Reading:

War History Online: The Origin of the Expression 'The Thin Red Line'


Author: Melissa Beigh September 2, 2019