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The 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Join Honor365 as we commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 in 2021 beginning on January 22, 2021 in Utah and ending on September 12, 2021 in New York.

Follow us on our website, our Honor365 Facebook page, and Instagram (@honorvet365) as we tour across the nation and those we are collaborating with, including The Honor Network (U.S. Honor Flag), Red Roof, Strive, Sandman Studios Entertainment, and Saville Creations.

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Story About Daan van der Steijn, Creator, from Deurne, The Netherlands

It’s September 11, 2001. A mother in The Netherlands is feeding her 3-month old son watching the news when images that would become ingrained in the minds of billions of people began flashing on the screen: two airplanes crashing into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the unimaginable destruction and loss of life that followed.

Flash forward ten years and the family is watching the documentary “102 Minutes That Changed America” on Dutch television on September 11 – an event that became a ritual every year. The boy is captivated not only by the images, but by the heroic efforts of the first responders on the scene. It feels personal, with the boy’s great-grandfather, cousin, and two other family members serving in the fire department.

By age 14, an idea begins to formulate in the teen’s mind. As an aspiring and talented woodworker and artist, he wondered if he could make a replica of the World Trade Center Plaza before the destruction. Thus began a four year journey. Daan’s incredible replica took countless hours of painstaking research and labor to build.

Many would have given up, but as Daan says, “The tragedy touched me deeply and it seemed unreal to see two passenger airplanes fly into the World Trade Center and kill that many people. I wanted to create a project as a memorial to all that passed away.”

By age 19, Daan had completed the stunning replica and, with the help of local partners in The Netherlands and Europe, began offering the exhibit in his hometown and several European cities.

Currently, Daan is pursuing training to become a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Deurne in The Netherlands. Daan says he wants to become a firefighter to do his part to serve his community, to be able to help people and animals in emergency situations, and to help fight big fires. Seems this passion runs in his family and is in his blood! Daan’s great-grandfather, Harrie van der Steijn, used to be a volunteer firefighter in Deurne in 1920 until 1948. Daan started as a firefighter in 2020 and that is exactly 100 years between Harrie and Daan. Daan’s cousin, Jorn van de Waarsenburg (also team member of the 9/11 Exhibit), and two other family members are with the fire department of Deurne. Daan is currently with the Dutch Firefighter Academy and will officially become a firefighter in 2022.

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When Robert Regan first met Donna Wells, he was 21 When Robert Regan first met Donna Wells, he was 21 and she was 15. He was tall, dark-haired, and "had the most beautiful blue-green eyes that you ever wanted to see," she remembered. She was having trouble with geometry, and he helped her with her homework. They started dating. "It was a big scandal back then," she said. But Mr. Regan was the quietly determined sort and a friend of Donna's older sister, so her parents eventually gave their permission for them to go out.

They married, and Mr. Regan became a civil engineer. But when Caitlin, their daughter, was born, Mr. Regan quit his job to join the Fire Department so he could have more flexible hours and spend more time with the baby. Four years later, Brendan was born. "He was Mr. Mom," Mrs. Regan said of her husband's delight in his children.

Lieutenant Regan, 48, was a member of Engine Company 205, Ladder Company 118 in Brooklyn Heights, and when word came of the World Trade Center attack, he and his fellow firefighters sped to the scene.

"There was never a day that went by that we didn't know what we had," Mrs. Regan said. "We told our kids not everybody gets to be as happy as we are."

We honor you, Robert Regan.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 6, 2001. #Repost @http://www.heroportraits.org/Gallery/default.aspx?id=150 

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When Robert Regan first met Donna Wells, he was 21 and she was 15. He was tall, dark-haired, and "had the most beautiful blue-green eyes that you ever wanted to see," she remembered. She was having trouble with geometry, and he helped her with her homework. They started dating. "It was a big scandal back then," she said. But Mr. Regan was the quietly determined sort and a friend of Donna's older sister, so her parents eventually gave their permission for them to go out.

They married, and Mr. Regan became a civil engineer. But when Caitlin, their daughter, was born, Mr. Regan quit his job to join the Fire Department so he could have more flexible hours and spend more time with the baby. Four years later, Brendan was born. "He was Mr. Mom," Mrs. Regan said of her husband's delight in his children.

Lieutenant Regan, 48, was a member of Engine Company 205, Ladder Company 118 in Brooklyn Heights, and when word came of the World Trade Center attack, he and his fellow firefighters sped to the scene.

"There was never a day that went by that we didn't know what we had," Mrs. Regan said. "We told our kids not everybody gets to be as happy as we are."

We honor you, Robert Regan.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 6, 2001. #Repost @http://www.heroportraits.org/Gallery/default.aspx?id=150

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Gregory Saucedo‚ 31‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ La Gregory Saucedo‚ 31‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 5. A 10-year FDNY veteran‚ Saucedo was the youngest of four brothers‚ one of whom is also an FDNY firefighter. Saucedo was a relentless weightlifter and tireless runner. On the day of the World Trade Center attack‚ his running skills were put to the test as he sprinted up and down the North Tower’s stairs‚ aiding victims. Saucedo was an extremely social person. He relished the camaraderie of the firehouse and was known for his free-spirited personality and candor. 

We honor you, Gregory Saucedo.

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Gregory Saucedo‚ 31‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 5. A 10-year FDNY veteran‚ Saucedo was the youngest of four brothers‚ one of whom is also an FDNY firefighter. Saucedo was a relentless weightlifter and tireless runner. On the day of the World Trade Center attack‚ his running skills were put to the test as he sprinted up and down the North Tower’s stairs‚ aiding victims. Saucedo was an extremely social person. He relished the camaraderie of the firehouse and was known for his free-spirited personality and candor.

We honor you, Gregory Saucedo.

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At first, those who knew Robert E. Russell clung t At first, those who knew Robert E. Russell clung to the hope that--somehow--the veteran Army soldier would have found a way to survive after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into his Pentagon office.

The 52-year-old civilian supervisory budget analyst and retired Army sergeant major worked in the outer ring of the building's first floor. One friend called him a survivor. His wife, Teresa, whom he met in high school, said her husband was open-hearted, vivacious, a prankster.

"He was that type of person, always keeping something going," she said.

After the crash, Russell's wife, children, grandchildren and friends gathered in the 18th Century home Russell had worked so hard to renovate in Oxon Hill, Md.

"You have to go with your first instinct of hope," said Wilmore Ritchie Jr., a longtime friend and fellow Army retiree who has camped out in the home with Russell's family. "Being that he's a soldier, you would think that he would have found some way."

The pastor notified the family two weeks after the attack.

Russell's body was identified by his fingerprints and his remains were flown to an Air Force casualty center for autopsy. Like the families of many other military victims of last week's terrorist acts, Russell's family plans to have him interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

All that remained now was to receive the body, said Ritchie, still waiting in Russell's house for his friend to come home.

"You couldn't even see this house from the road when he first got it," Ritchie said. "He was always in the process of doing something with it."

We honor you, Robert Russell.

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At first, those who knew Robert E. Russell clung to the hope that--somehow--the veteran Army soldier would have found a way to survive after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into his Pentagon office.

The 52-year-old civilian supervisory budget analyst and retired Army sergeant major worked in the outer ring of the building's first floor. One friend called him a survivor. His wife, Teresa, whom he met in high school, said her husband was open-hearted, vivacious, a prankster.

"He was that type of person, always keeping something going," she said.

After the crash, Russell's wife, children, grandchildren and friends gathered in the 18th Century home Russell had worked so hard to renovate in Oxon Hill, Md.

"You have to go with your first instinct of hope," said Wilmore Ritchie Jr., a longtime friend and fellow Army retiree who has camped out in the home with Russell's family. "Being that he's a soldier, you would think that he would have found some way."

The pastor notified the family two weeks after the attack.

Russell's body was identified by his fingerprints and his remains were flown to an Air Force casualty center for autopsy. Like the families of many other military victims of last week's terrorist acts, Russell's family plans to have him interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

All that remained now was to receive the body, said Ritchie, still waiting in Russell's house for his friend to come home.

"You couldn't even see this house from the road when he first got it," Ritchie said. "He was always in the process of doing something with it."

We honor you, Robert Russell.

Profile courtesy of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE. #Repost @http://www.legacy.com/Sept11/Story.aspx?PersonID=93617

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Douglas E. Oelschlager Doug was 36 years old. He Douglas E. Oelschlager

Doug was 36 years old. He was a husband 13 years‚ married on June 10‚ 1988. He had two children: Brittany 11‚ Kayla 8. 

He was a:
-Navy Seabee‚ 1982 – 1984
-Volunteer Firefighter in Oyster Bay – Teddy Boys
-Volunteer Firefighter in St. James – Captain‚ Hook & Ladder
-FDNY firefighter 1999 – 2001 

We honor you, Douglas Oelschlager.

By Suzanne Oelschlager #Repost @https://www.firehero.org/fallen-firefighter/douglas-e-oelschlager/ 

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Douglas E. Oelschlager

Doug was 36 years old. He was a husband 13 years‚ married on June 10‚ 1988. He had two children: Brittany 11‚ Kayla 8.

He was a:
-Navy Seabee‚ 1982 – 1984
-Volunteer Firefighter in Oyster Bay – Teddy Boys
-Volunteer Firefighter in St. James – Captain‚ Hook & Ladder
-FDNY firefighter 1999 – 2001

We honor you, Douglas Oelschlager.

By Suzanne Oelschlager #Repost @https://www.firehero.org/fallen-firefighter/douglas-e-oelschlager/

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If you knew David P. DeRubbio "Crazy Dave" or "Crazy Uncle Dave" to his family you knew about the jokes and you knew about the milk.

The fifth of seven children, Mr. DeRubbio, a Brooklyn firefighter, was famous in the family for his countless ways of getting around the household rule against profanity and for the zany nicknames he gave out.

"Dave was an experience," said Angela Tiberi, his younger sister, who contended with being nicknamed, "Witchie Poo."

He doted on his daughter Jessica, 12. He nicknamed her "Pestica."

To avoid using one profanity at home, Mr.DeRubbio would say, "What the H-E- double hockey sticks is going on?" Callers who encountered him at the other end of the line would typically find themselves being serenaded.

Mr. DeRubbio, 38, was such a milk hound that their mother joked about buying a family cow just to meet the demand, his sister said.

To the delight of his friends and family, none of this stopped after Mr. DeRubbio, who joined the Fire Department in 1998 and was assigned to Engine Company 226, became an adult.

"I know he's up there," Ms. Tiberi said. "And he's got everyone rolling."

We honor you, David DeRubbio

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Officer Walter McNeil, fifty-three, a police offic Officer Walter McNeil, fifty-three, a police officer and hazardous materials specialist, was called to the World Trade Center just after the first plane hit. He phoned his family to tell them where he was going and said he’d call again later. He was last seen setting up a command post before the second plane hit and was heard telling a coworker to be careful.

McNeil was born in New York City. After graduating from high school, he became a first sergeant in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. The decorated veteran left the Army in 1976. He then served in the Army Reserve during Desert Storm. He was recognized for his military service by the New Jersey 369th Veteran’s Association and the Port Authority, and in 1991, he was presented with a flag that had flown over the Holland Tunnel’s plaza. He was honorably discharged in 1996.

McNeil started his career with the Port Authority thirty-one years ago. He was a facilities operations agent before he became a cop in 1979. A veteran of the 1993 bombing, he had planned to retire in August 2002. He was typically seen outside the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City, where he directed traffic and inspected vehicles for hazardous materials. The area he patrolled became known as “McNeil’s Corner” to his coworkers. The twenty-five-year service plaque that was awarded him in 1995 depicted the Twin Towers.

McNeil volunteered at a Jersey City battered women’s shelter called Hope House.

McNeil lived with his long time companion, Sonia Rodriguez, and their son, Walter, Jr., in Middle Smithfield Township, Pennsylvania. He also had a daughter, Kim, from a previous marriage.

We honor you, Walter McNeil.

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Officer Walter McNeil, fifty-three, a police officer and hazardous materials specialist, was called to the World Trade Center just after the first plane hit. He phoned his family to tell them where he was going and said he’d call again later. He was last seen setting up a command post before the second plane hit and was heard telling a coworker to be careful.

McNeil was born in New York City. After graduating from high school, he became a first sergeant in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. The decorated veteran left the Army in 1976. He then served in the Army Reserve during Desert Storm. He was recognized for his military service by the New Jersey 369th Veteran’s Association and the Port Authority, and in 1991, he was presented with a flag that had flown over the Holland Tunnel’s plaza. He was honorably discharged in 1996.

McNeil started his career with the Port Authority thirty-one years ago. He was a facilities operations agent before he became a cop in 1979. A veteran of the 1993 bombing, he had planned to retire in August 2002. He was typically seen outside the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City, where he directed traffic and inspected vehicles for hazardous materials. The area he patrolled became known as “McNeil’s Corner” to his coworkers. The twenty-five-year service plaque that was awarded him in 1995 depicted the Twin Towers.

McNeil volunteered at a Jersey City battered women’s shelter called Hope House.

McNeil lived with his long time companion, Sonia Rodriguez, and their son, Walter, Jr., in Middle Smithfield Township, Pennsylvania. He also had a daughter, Kim, from a previous marriage.

We honor you, Walter McNeil.

#Repost @https://papba.org/fallen-officers/police-officer-walter-arthur-mcneil/

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The full display of the 9/11 Exhibit is in Lincoln The full display of the 9/11 Exhibit is in Lincoln, Nebraska and is open to the public May 11-22, 2021 at the Gateway Mall just beyond the food court.  A 1-hour Honor Walk ceremony is May 12, 2021 at the Veterans Memorial Park.  Please see the information above.  We hope to see you soon to help us commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 🇺🇸 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #rememberingthemall #veterans #firstresponders #September11 #oathtolive #honorwalkceremony

The full display of the 9/11 Exhibit is in Lincoln, Nebraska and is open to the public May 11-22, 2021 at the Gateway Mall just beyond the food court. A 1-hour Honor Walk ceremony is May 12, 2021 at the Veterans Memorial Park. Please see the information above. We hope to see you soon to help us commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 🇺🇸 #honorvet365 #rememberingtheone #rememberingthemall #veterans #firstresponders #September11 #oathtolive #honorwalkceremony ...

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