If These Walls Could Talk, They’d Tell You About Service | Rex Strickland

Today is September 11, 16 years after the worst domestic terrorist attack on American soils. Just this morning, millions in Florida woke without power as Hurricane Irma rumbles north. In Texas, tens of thousands have been forced to evacuate after Hurricane Harvey. The ultimate toll on life and property won’t be known for some time.

Yet Rex Strickland, Battalion Chief at the Chantilly Virginia Fire Department, has hope. “What 9/11 demonstrates, what these hurricanes demonstrate, is they can’t divide us,” he says. “Deep down inside there’s too much of a patriotic spirit. We will continue, regardless, to lift this country up.” 

The proof is there already While emergency crews are working around the clock, so is an armada of volunteer rescuers. Groups like the “Cajun Navy” in hunting boats have plucked stranded residents from rooftops. Neighbors are helping neighbors clean out water-ravaged homes. Complete strangers are opening their doors to those in need. The message emerging from Texas, Florida and beyond is not just one of chaos and destruction, but of collective strength as Americans help each other survive through the worst of circumstances. Times such as these bring out the best in Our Country’s  character.

“September 11, 2001 was a catalyst for some great people to rise to the occasion,” Strickland adds.  “We should never forget that we as a nation are always what we saw after 9/11. I see the same level of community and selfless service now.”

You can see Strickland’s inspirational here: http://mission-bbq.com/stories-of-service

Stories Of Service | Rex Strickland

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