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Memorial Weekend Video Special: The Horse Soldiers of 9/11

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“It is not only ‘Feel Good Sunday’ but also Memorial Day weekend where we honor those who have paid the ultimate price so as to ensure our freedom, safety and way of life for our families and friends.  Today we look at horses, of course, while tomorrow we take a look at women who have fought for our liberty and far too often have gone unrecognized. 

We have written about the World War II Equine heroine, Sgt. Reckless, many times but today we fast forward in history to 9/11 and bring you a story about horses that were trained to run ‘towards’ gunfire and bombs in an effort to be the very first soldiers to fight the war against terrorism.

As a veteran of two armed conflicts who has lost friends and colleagues myself and SFTHH are pleased to bring you Alex Quade’s gripping video documentary about the first American servicemen to enter after the terror attacks. This report earned TheDC the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award, along with the American Legion’s Fourth Estate Award and a Bronze Telly Award.  Keep the Faith.” ~ R.T.

” They rode horses into combat”
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It was the news the world breathlessly waited for immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks: a report of the first American troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

All at once the world’s attention focused on an iconic photo of those Special Operations Forces doing something no American military had done in nearly a century: They rode horses into combat.

Their secret mission: secure northern Afghanistan by advising the warring tribal factions that formed the Northern Alliance. During the 2011 Parade on November 11, a new monument to these men — and to all Americans in uniform — made its way down New York City’s famed Fifth Avenue on the way to its final home, a stone’s throw from Ground Zero.

Military men and women, along with New York City firefighters, policemen, emergency responders and other marchers, 50,000 in all, will escort the monument on its televised journey. The spectacle will feature members of the three original Special Operations teams — some on horseback, others walking alongside surviving spouses of fallen heroes.

Retired Army general and current CIA director was among the parade marshals. producer Jerry Bruckheimer is producing a future movie about America’s “Horse Soldiers.”

The spirit of the elite forces who rode on that dangerous and unprecedented mission in Afghanistan — the men depicted in this short film — was the monument’s inspiration. War reporter Alex Quade tracked down some of those courageous American commandos. She obtained their permission, and that of their commanding officers, to share their personal stories, their names, their faces, and their mission photos. This footage and most of these photos have never been seen before.

John Vigiano is a former marine and retired New York fire captain who lost two sons at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. John Jr. was a firefighter. Joe was a New York City police officer.

“We are all in this equally, but in a different capacity,” Vigiano told Quade. “President Bush called us [in New York] ‘the first casualties of the war’ … we may have responded first to the attack, but the Special Forces took it to them on their turf,” Vigiano says. “The Horse Soldiers picked up the standard from us, here in the USA, and brought it to them in Afghanistan.”

“In every sense of the word,” he said, “they were an extension of our sons.”

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  1. Awesome RT Thank You !!!!! The Horses continue to give , they cannot help themselves it is their nature……………………I will see these monuments to the Horses for continuing to help …… it is the Pursuit of Honor for them !!!!!! God Bless our horses and the Soldiers who ride them !!!!!!! Thank You again for the FEEL GOOD SUNDAY RT>>>>>>>>>>>>>……………..


  2. To Honor the Horse is to Honor ourselves, they are an extension of us !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! An Mirror image of ourselves !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  3. Another example of the invaluable and loyal services that horses have provided humankind. These are some of the very reasons why horses are an integral part of our American heritage and culture. We should honor horses as we honor any and all deserving beings. Any soldier will tell you how important it is to respect and support one another; to “have each other’s back.” Our horses deserve the same respect and consideration from all or us.


  4. Last year I did a short true story of a civil war horse ” The Generals Mount”. This year I would like to do a post on some horses of the Indian Wars—– —–in this article they have made a grave stone for all the 7th cavalry horses that died at the battle of the Little Big Horn and the American Indian is adding some memorials of their own. In one article about a cavalry charge on an Indian village, as the cavalry charged, the women and children ran to the revenes and trees for safety, when the battle was over, the soldiers disarmed the Indians so they could not fight or rebel again and then shot the indian ponies–as one Inian woman recounts she could hear the horses mouning as they stumbled by them hiding in the trees.

    The horse was and is very sacred to the Sioux Indians in the documentary “Dakota 38 +2, a Lakota gentleman says about the horse~~~~~Horse has the 6 directions, 2 front legs represent the west and north, the 2 back legs represent the east and south, the head points up, the ears point up represents the sky, the tail points down to Mother earth-the 6 directions create the sacred center-sacredness you can only have with these 6 directions-and you can pray while on your horse – the horse leads the way because of it’s healing power. In the 6 directions place, a person on a horse gives them the 7th direction-the center of all things, everything is balanced and you move forward to create power as you go.

    About 5 years ago I did a post on Sgt. Reckless and here is an update, I know it should be for Veterans day-but this next week I will be packing and moving so my home computer will be off line and I don’t know when I will be back online. And I know everyone here loves this little girl like I do.~~~ are making a life size bronze of her to be dedicated at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va on July 26, 2013. -if you click on the picture of her on the article you can see the progress, also click on photos at the top of the page and at the top of the page if you click on movies a lady Robin Hutton is instramental in the bronze and she has a book and movie in the works, in her video at the bottom of the Reckless videos are 4, 15 minute videos she give a lot of fun information she has found on Reckless, and I noticed at the end of her videos you will find some old grainy Marine video of Reckless and one of her colts.
    Reckless stands for all the animals that have fought beside our armed forces in all wars, and for all the animals that died to give us our freedoms, even if freedom may never be theirs.

    Happy Memorial and Happy Veterans day to all our Armed forces ~~May we neve forget.


  5. If you scour the Bible you’ll never see where horses are included with livestock.

    They are from the beginning shown to be different and valuable as seen in Soloman’s riches… 1 Kings 10: 27 And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycamore trees that are in the vale, for abundance. 28 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king’s merchants received the linen yarn at a price. 29 And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty: and so for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their means.

    The mount of Kings Esther 6: 7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delights to honor, 8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king uses to wear, and the horse that the king rides on, and the crown royal which is set on his head: 9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man with whom the king delights to honor, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.

    Being on the horse was an honor!

    Zechariah 1: 8 I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white. 9 Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be. 10 And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth. 11 And they answered the angel of the LORD that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sits still, and is at rest.

    Walk to and fro through the earth…think that means roams free?

    Horses are ingrained in human history. An animal willing to do whatever is asked of him by his rider including running into the face of danger. Obviously God had a higher calling for the horse than being someone’s dinner.

    As to the men who ride them…God Bless Them Everyone!


  6. Excellent R.T……………..Loved this video!…Our horses are heroes with our military people…they deserve to be treated like so………….


  7. Thank you R.T. for providing such an outstanding video of true heroism, by both soldiers and their horses. We must never forget how they’ve served us in the past and continue to do so, for the freedom of others. Incredible men and the horses who take them into battle. How so very appropriate with sharing on Memorial Day weekend. You’re the greatest. (-:


    • WOW !!!! wouldnt that be great WOW, a compilation of all of Our Hero Horses and all they have given to us !!!!!!!!!!! AIRED ON NATGEOWILD !!!!!WOW I would be so proud to watch it !!!!!!


  8. The Only Living Legends left in the US , BLM get your filthy greedy hands off of them ……………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Mustangs belong to the American People !!!!! They are a thing of Pure Beauty and they will be a JOY forever !!!!!!


  9. One of the best reads, “Horse Soldiers.”. During the cavalry charge one of the SF soldiers described it: ” The Flintstones meet Star Wars.”


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