The Force of the Horse

We Will NEVER Forget

“18 years ago today over 3,000 average Americans headed out from their homes to go to work and earn a living to provide for their families.  Unknown to them, or anyone else in the world, was the fact that they would never return, they would never say good-bye and their time on this earth would be snuffed out and robbed by a deep and dark evil that still exists to this very day.

On this dark anniversary words are beginning to escape me, not that memories are fading but because we have gone nowhere in correcting this travesty.  Many years later, many lives later, we are fighting the same old battle and just holding our own.  Often I relate these thoughts to our fight to save our wild equines; still here, still fighting and yet the enemy continues to destroy the families and steal the freedom of tens of thousands of souls.

Even my favorite video of the Budweiser Clydesdales giving respect is becoming more and more difficult to find on the web, but I found it today and once again will share it this day because today is about two things of massive importance, Remembrance and Respect!

May we bring honor and dignity to the memory of those we have lost, this day.

Peace” ~ R.T.


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  1. Most emblematic American video ever. Scottish origin horses born in the USA, German beer crafted in the New World, rural and urban, small town country and the Big Apple, showing us the tremendous power we can create when we all pull together, facing the same direction.

    We will never forget 911 but should also never forget what it means to be American, together.

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  2. Most horrible day of my life as I woke with a start and believe that somehow I heard the first plane hit, either physically or spiritually. I then saw the second plane hit on television.

    I lived on East 63rd Street in Manhattan and could see the towers from the river, where I walked my dogs every day.

    Afterward, I remember that every window was covered in posters with pictures and names of those missing for many months. A heartbreaking reminder of the atrocity that occurred, but so much more awful for those searching for their loved ones.

    That commercial, RT, was amazing and brings tears every time I see it, but it was before Anheuser Busch was sold to the Belgiums. I’ve heard that their horses now go to slaughter. Somehow, I pray that it’s not true.

    I hope that we can defeat the evil in the world, whether it be against humans or animals.

    I also hope that we can come together to get the SAFE Act passed. If we can do this, we will have won a huge battle in our war against evil.

    Thank you RT for your guiding light in our fight for our wild horses.

    God bless America.

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  3. As you likely know by now, we did it. The House and Senate passed the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11 Victim Compensation Act. And then the President signed it.

    Thank you to hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members who took the time to sign the petition, donate to the Feal Good Foundation, make phone calls to your members of Congress, and be there for this community.

    We walked, crawled, fought, advocated, bled, cried, and sweat for this for far too long. We were relentless because we had no other option.

    We’re relieved this bill was finally signed with bipartisan support, but we also know no legislation will bring back those lives lost or stop the cancers and other problems facing our community.

    As another anniversary of 9/11 approaches there are continued ways to support the community so please spread the word.
    • If you were there in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 and need information about how the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund can help you, please consider attending this event on September 16 in NYC. https://tribecapac.org/event/free-9-11-informational-seminar/
    • If you need help with medical monitoring or treatment as someone who was affected by the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. please sign up to get help. https://www.cdc.gov/wtc/faq.html It is not too late.
    • If you’re in New York City or know others in the area see some events Voices of September 11 has organized for this month http://voicesofsept11.org/initiatives/programs-events

    Thank you again for the love, support, and advocacy.

    John Feal and Jon Stewart

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  4. The human death toll still rises from the attack on Sept 11, 18 years ago due to the toxic environment that so many people were exposed to either as citizen victims, first responders, search, rescue, and recovery, etc.

    However humans weren’t the only ones who worked so hard during those dark days for our country. Never forget the dogs of 9/11. Read some of their stories at the link…

    “Worf found the remains of two firefighters on his first day. He was immediately retired because he emotionally shutdown and quit eating. “He kind of withdrew from everything. There was so much death there, it was emotional for the dogs.”” – Mike Owens his handler

    “We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”
    ― Henry Beston

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      • I don’t know how twitter works but there are lots of dog hero stories here:

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    • What really brought this all home to me was recognizing how many dogs, cats, kids etc. would not have their loved ones coming home, with no way to explain to them why.

      We still can’t honestly explain the why, even to ourselves.

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    • Other Nations, indeed! The lack of our political “representatives” ability to comprehend that quote is truly depressing.
      I watched an interview with a Texas veterinarian who cared for the dogs on Sept 11th 2001 – the 4 Texas search dogs and the dogs from other areas – also one of the first responders talking about her dog. The dogs were trained to find LIVE humans & searching 12 hour shifts & finding no one alive was so very hard on the handlers AND the dogs! There was a study done with the dogs after 9/11 up until the last one passed away at FIFTEEN! Considering the devastation felt by first responders (humans) the dogs all lived very long lives. The last one passed away not too long ago. That would seem to say that these dogs were cared for & protected better than the humans who were there with them! Remember? The first responders were told it was SAFE!!!! The interview is on UTube.

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