To say September 11, 2001 was a day of mere tragedy is an absolute understatement. With roughly 3,000 men, women and children gruesomely killed and over 6,000 injured, our nation was sent into a profound state of mourning for our brothers and sisters.
Despite imminent danger and a high risk of death, heroic men and women rushed into the collapsing buildings in hopes of saving the few that they could. These men and women consisted of police offers, firefighters, medics, and even various civilians who were willing to sacrifice their own lives if it meant preserving the life of another.
That time of deepest sorrows and endless heartbreak for those whose lives were lost unified our nation, send a clear message that we were, in fact, “One Nation”. Although 15 years since that unforgettable day, we continue to recognize the evil that was done and honor those who were so selfishly taken from us.
Just a few days prior to the anniversary of 9/11, country music star Drake White paid a visit to fire station Squad 288/Hazmat 1 in Maspeth, a station that sadly lost the highest amount of men, ultimately concluding at 19 lives.
White took pictures with the heroic men, even dressing himself in an authentic firemen’s uniform in order to grasp the small portion of the job that entails excessively heavy, thick apparel.
With an eager audience, White treated the men to a live performance of his adoring song “Livin’ The Dream”. Yielding his guitar and incredible vocals, he took to a vacant area of the station and began to play, using a metal slate as his additional beat.
He interrupts his performance to tell the men of a free-styling game he played as a kid, often changing song lyrics to describe what he saw and felt. It was at that moment that, to the tune of his same song, White began to sing of the love and brotherhood he felt throughout his experience, glorifying the heroes for their selfless acts.
This humbling experiences not only speaks volumes about the often forgotten, incredible sacrifices these men and women make daily, but also about the endless power of music.
We strongly encourage you to watch White’s encounter with the station’s men and women below.
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