A team of 13 Greeley firefighters honored the 343 firefighter who gave their lives on 9/11 by participating in the Denver 9/11 Memorial Stairclimb.
The annual stairclimb consists of firefighters climbing 110 stories, which was the height of the World Trade Center, in full firefighting gear.
Greeley firefighters who completed the challenge included: Marc Jonez, Ben Ojinaga, Dellys Starr, Tyler Speck, Nick Marcheso, Shawn Eggleston, Randy Sparkman, Greg Becker, Brady Thomas, Jeremy Vilhauer, Matt Hawkins, Tavis Kaberline, Richard Waidler.
The attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 were the first incursion on American soil by a foreign power since the War of 1812. The attacks which resulted in the deaths of over 3,000 Americans were carried out by Islamic terrorists.
Ironically, the first war America fought as a country was also against Islamists. Following the end of the American Revolution, Muslim states along the Barbary Coast began to engage in piracy against American ships.
In 1801, Tripoli declared war on the U.S. after President Thomas Jefferson’s refusal to pay tribute to the Barbary States. The Barbary War became immortalized in the line of the Marine’s hymn ”to the shores of Tripoli.”
On the day of the attacks on 9/11 Palestinians in the Gaza strip cheered and celebrated upon hearing word of the attacks.
This year Muslims in Egypt and Libya “commemorated” 9/11 by attacking the U.S. embassy in Egypt and killing the American ambassador to Libya.
That attacks which were carried out by members of what has been called “the religion of peace” were over an American film that criticized Muhammed, Islam’s founder.
By contrast when “The Last Temptation of Christ,” a film that portrayed Jesus Christ as an adulterer there were no similar riots, acts of destruction and murders committed by Christians.
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