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About Us - Tour of Duty
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    On September the 11th 2001, the world watched as one, in shock, as a series of coordinated suicide attacks were launched upon the United States. On that morning 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet liners, two of which were intentionally crashed into the Twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania after passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the plane. American Airlines Flights 11 and 77, United Airlines Flight 175 and 93 had become the weapons of destruction for the terrorists. There were no survivors from any of the flights.

    The death toll of the attacks was 2,973. Overwhelmingly the majority of casualties were civilians, representing the citizens of over 90 countries.

    As the chaos erupted at the World Trade Centre, as civilians fled in fear in search of safety, instinctively wanting to survive, the Emergency Service Workers of New York City responded to the scene, they willingly walked in to fulfil their duty, to serve their community.

    A total of 411 emergency service workers lives were taken as they responded to the scene. The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) lost 343 Fire-fighters. The New York City Police Department lost 23 officers. The Port Authority Police Department lost 37 officers, and 8 additional Emergency Medical Paramedics from Private Emergency Medical Support units were killed. The City of New York had suffered immensely, the attacks had an immediate and overwhelming effect on the people of this City and the people of America, this was a crime against humanity.

    The Tour of Duty Run is a journey that will end in New York City, early on the morning of September 11 2010. The fire-fighters and emergency service workers of America and Australia will come together as allies to remember our fallen colleagues, our brothers and sisters, our family.

    We run to remember them. First and foremost this is our purpose and intent, to honour their sacrifice, respect their courage, and appreciate their commitment to service and devotion to duty. To remember them and their humanity. We also begin this journey with an understanding that so many people have suffered and are suffering to this day, the survivors, the loved ones left behind, the workers involved in reclaiming the World Trade Centre Site, the families, friends and co workers of the passengers and crews of the American Airlines and United Airlines Flights, the emotional and physical scars of this attack are devastating and potentially far more reaching than we can imagine. It has changed our world, irreversibly, forever.

    It is our duty to remember what happened on September 11 and reinforce all that is good about humanity.

    We also see the run as an opportunity to acknowledge emergency services globally. Every day on every continent people are giving of their lives, risking their lives so our world can be a safer place. The military, police, fire and medical services represent just some of the people that give of themselves, so others may live a better life, their service can never be underestimated.

    Our journey begins on August the 12th, we fill our shoes and start to run from the Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles at 8.46 a.m., we ask you to share our journey, to remember with us, our family, the people that have suffered and are suffering still, and the people globally that have served and will continue to serve to make our world a better place. Share this run, via the web and if we happen to be anywhere near your ballpark, fill your shoes and share the load, run with us and remember.

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