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FDIC 2011 Opening Ceremony: Presentation of Colors

Fri, 11 Nov 2011|

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [SOUND] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [NOISE] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Ladies and Gentlemen, please rise for the presentation of colors [NOISE] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] >> The United States and Canadian national anthems sang by the voices of IFD. Oh say can you see by the dawn's early light. What so proudly we hailed. And the twilights last gleaming. Who's brought stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight. O'er the ramparts we walked. Were so gallantly streaming. >> And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air. Gave proof through the night... [MUSIC] That our flag was still there. >> Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Go Derrick [UNKNOWN] [SOUND]. [MUSIC] Native land. True [INAUDIBLE] In all they sun's command. With glory. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Please remain standing for the invocation by Father Edward Burn. [BLANK_AUDIO] I've got your back. Only four simple words yet they carry so much meaning. We use them to assure one another of our constancy and our support, particularly in difficult times. Fire service workers, rescue workers, police officers, military personnel. All who find themselves in danger, might say to each other, I have got your back. It means you are protected. It means I will stake my life on it. It means you will not be left alone. Last August 15th,. August 15th, Luis Orsua went to work at the mine in Capiapo Chile. He came home on October 13th after spending sixty nine days trapped by a cave in. He and 32 others were cold, hungry, afraid, and a half mile underground. But even in there despair, they did not give up hope, they prayed, they sang. They exercised and they waited because they knew someone would come. After 17 days, when the first exploratory shaft drilled through and a small television camera was sent down. And Luis spoke with the surface for the first time. He did not speak of fear or hunger or despair. His words were, we're fine. We're waiting for you to rescue us. He knew. Someone had his back. In Chile, the rescue workers dug for 69 days. In Haiti, we dug for two weeks. At the World Trade Center we dug from september 11th until october 5th. As long as there was a chance, we were there. And in any situation in which we find ourselves, as long as there is a chance, we will be there. And the people we serve. Know that we will come. Because every time one of us arrives at the scene of an accident, every time one of us goes into a burning building, every time anyone is in danger, and we respond. Our actions say to all who are watching we are ready, we are prepared, we will do the same for you. On March 5th of this year Yonkers firefighter Mike Giroux. Performed a dramatic rescue. Two workers were trapped on a damaged scaffold thirteen floors above the street. He had to repel from a rig secured twenty seven stories above. After he made the initial descent, and when he finally hooked on to the first man, his words were," You're okay now. You're not going anywhere unless I go with you. In other words, I've got your back." After the rescue he said,. Everyone who is here did their job the way they're supposed to. The way they're trained to do it. And Captain James Brady commented," A high angle rescue like this takes continuous training. It's not an everyday occurrence. Still we must train. as if it could happen tomorrow. Training is the foundation of the fire service. That's why we come together here each week, each year pardon, to learn, to share our experience, to prepare ourselves. So that we are always ready to say with confidence to each other and to all those we serve. We've got your back. And we come here at this time to honor all those who have stood beside us, all those who have stood behind us. And all who have gone before us. We come before the source of all strength and all goodness, and together we pray. [BLANK_AUDIO] Lord God,. We are conscious of our human needs and limitations, but we trust in the promise expressed by your prophet Isaiah, do not be afraid for I am with you. I have calmed, carved you on the palm of my hand. We trust that you will always have our back. And so with a strong desire to serve, wherever we are needed, we make our committment with faith and with courage and we ask your blessing on us. On all those who are here, and all who have gone before us during this past year. [SOUND]. >> [NOISE] [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] >> [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [INAUDIBLE] [xx] [SOUND] [MUSIC]