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FDIC 2011 Opening Ceremony: Presentation of Colors

Fri, 11 Nov 2011|

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Ladies and gentleman, please rise for the presentation of colors. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] The United States and Canadians National Anthems sung by the Voices of IFD. [SOUND] Singing of the Star Spangled Banner. [MUSIC] were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Of the brave, of the brave... Oh Canada, Our home. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO] Please remain standing for the invocation by Father Edward Byrne. "I've got your back." It's 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've 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 Urzua went to work at the mine in Copiapo, Chile. He came home on October 13th after spending 69 days trapped by a cave-in. He and 32 others were cold, hungry, afraid, and a half mile underground. But even in their 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 Lee 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 fire fighter Mike Giroux. Preformed a dramatic rescue. Two workers were trapped on a damaged scaffold 13 floors above the street. He had to repel from a rig secured 27 stories above. After he made the initial decent. And when he finally hooked onto 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 every day 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. 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 commitment 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] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] (No audio to transcribe.) [MUSIC] [INAUDIBLE] [SOUND] [MUSIC] [MUSIC]