On October 17, 2007 one of the tributes to these brave American heroes made a stop in Madison. On Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between Main St. and Doty St. the National September 11 Memorial Museum told the story of these men and women with a chilling display of memorabilia and artifacts from that dreadful day. In the words of the Tribute's website:
Join us as we make our way through the country in a grassroots effort to help
build a lasting tribute to honor the lives lost in the attacks of September 11,
2001 and February 26, 1993 and preserve the memory of those events for future
The Tour for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
offers Americans the opportunity to come together again and reflect not only on
the tragedy, but also the tremendous resilience and courage we found in the
In addition to viewing photographs, artifacts, and a film
featuring firsthand accounts of 9/11 and the aftermath, individuals and
communities across the country will have a chance to contribute directly to this
historic effort by signing a steel beam that will be used in the construction of
the National September 11 Memorial.
Hundreds of Wisconsin's firefighters joined in that tribute on Wednesday, showing support for their fallen brethren with a quiet dignity. As is tradition when paying tribute to fallen fellows these firefighters arrived with their engines and full turn-out gear. The stunning dignity of these tributes have been known to bring grown men to tears and women to turn their heads to avoid the pain.
This is the way firefighters and law enforcement officials show honor.
Unfortunately there was another gathering on the opposite side of the Capitol Square that day, one that was dedicated to calling these government workers "thugs" and "parasites." These so-called Americans For Prosperity were interested only in prosperity for themselves. Their keynote speaker insisted that the firefighters should be sure to show their gratitude for being allowed to put their lives on the line.
The group that calls itself Citizens For Responsible Government has filed an open records request wondering why these firefighters were allowed to travel to Madison to pay tribute. The Cheddarsphere that finds itself in the thrall of the Milwaukee Squawkers is casting aspersions and hurling epithets without bothering to ask the one question that might have explained why those firemen were in Madison.
For that, if for nothing else, they should be ashamed.