Team Alliance: REMEMBERING 911

Sunday, September 18
REMEMBERING 911



This was a sad day of rememberance for so many people. Not only for all the family's who lost loved one's, but for all the children who are growing up with out the love and guidance of a lost parent or relation.

Many people died on that day. Many from other country's as well as from the United States. I remember watching the news programs here in England, time and time again. I remember whatching where a New yorker said to a news crew that you Americans felt so alone. Understandablly upset but so badly wrong. 

Having returned to England from the United States some two weeks before that fateful day, I can assure you nothing was further from the truth. Every where I went in the UK, all I could see was the star's and stripe's flying from every building that could fly a flag. Even county buildings and some private homes dangling your flag out of their windows. Frankly I thought I was back in the States again and you could not buy the US flag anywhere in the country at that time.

The Queen during a important ceremony in London had your National anthen played by the Queens own guards before a silent people. Never before had this been done. Plainly you American's were never alone.

We brit's dont forget the bond we have for your people. We dont forget the sacrifice your young service people made during past wars. My mother had the privilege of having a bunch of these G.I.s billeted at their large home in Penzance in Cornwall during world war two.

Today we still have our young men maintaining and defending that freedom for us, and for others to enjoy their own choice's in life. This to stop others imposing their will on a free thinking people who wish to have that freedom of choice.

I stated before that I had returned from the United States two weeks before 911 with a party of 40 young British boys who went over to play soccer for c.y.f.c. These young people stayed in your country for two weeks living with Amirican host family's. Your hosts family's were so good with our kids. Even in that short space of time, started bonding with them and became another part of there lives. In so doing, learning from each others different ways. There were many tears on both side's on the day of departure.

While in the States. We went to presentations and visited the Zanesville police and Fire departments. The kids loved the S.W.A.T training ground and watching the officers giving demostrations. I was even found trying to fire several guns. Having missed all the set targets on the range to the total consternation of my S.W.A.T insructer. Clearly killing five trees growing harmlessly near by. 

The Devon and Cornwall police as well as the Devon fire Department donated badges and police and fire helmets to their respective counter parts in Zanesville.

Greatfully we had in return a Zanesville fire helmet and the sheriff's departments crest and other items.

We also had the honor to receive a certifyed American Flag that had flown over the United States Capital by order or your Congressman. We were further honored to receive the Ohio state flag, again having flown over your Ohio State biulding.

Sadly during our stay in Zanesville we had two boys badly injured in a car wreck. One having a major opperation as a result. It did take away the enjoyment from the later part of that trip but the British c.y.f.c. boys banded together like brothers.This with the help of their American host mums and Dads doing what mums and Dads do best in situations like that. I remember it like it was yesterday. Staying by the injured boys bed side during the worst part of his fight for recovery. The hospital staff were wonderful who left nothing to chance,but for me one day rolled into another. 

We had only a few days left in the States and having charge of 39 other youg lads, I had no choice but to return to England with the main party. The injured boy was so badly hurt, he was not able to return on that return date. We were able to have his mother fly over who tended him when the main party returned to the UK.

For all of us back in the Uk. We were excited to hear that the boy was cleared to fly home in two weeks. Our plans swung into action.We wanted to welcome him home and arranged a party for both the lads.

The confirmation was sent giving the date and time of departure. Right down the airline he and his mother were to travel back to the U.K. on.

That departure was on the morning of 911 out of Pit's with the same airline at the same time as the planes that were taken.

We can never even start to comprehend what all the 911 family's went through, as well as the emergency services who attended that terrible scene. In a very small part we can relate to the anxiety of us not knowing. Never in any way can we gauge the pain that all these people and family's had to endure.

What I can tell all you Americans, and indeed the fire department in Zanesville. That very Zanisville fire helmet which was presented to me was used by our oun fire department's here in Exeter and the rest of the Devon erea to raise donations. I understand that in the region of $500,000 was raised and sent to your fund in New York to help your brave fire fighters who sadly lost their lives to save others. We thank all the generous people of Devon and also the Devon fire crews who worked so hard for the family's of their brothers in New York.

The Stars and stripe's and Ohio state flag that were presented to me all that time ago were removed from display and taken to the Exeter cathedral on that tribute day to 911. It was not a national day but more a day for peace and remembrance. ( YouTube all ready have the bells uploaded )

Please forgive the fact that the photo's are very dark but the evening was about the darkness of the day it all happend.

This was a day for all people of all religions who walked together as one. Starting at the Mosque in Exeter to the Cathedral in the centre of the city. There was then a candal lit ceremony held outside in the court yard of the building. They were the only pale light's that were visable. A Few camera flashes, but hardly any other lights at all. It was a strange yet sad wet night, and apart from the bells, and after it became strangly silent. Even after the event was over when the people started to go home, there was little talking.

We decided to unfold the flags at the part of the building having once sustained damage during the second world war. That to us was an apt place. Your flags were treated with total respect and held by my newly adopted son and one of my older foster sons. It was strange but warming having the youth of today wanting to take part in an such a sad event by responding to your country's loss when they themselves were so very young.

While there we were approached by two women and a man asking why we were doing what we were doing with American flags. Having told them, they said "how nice" in a touching meaningful way. The man then told us that he had just lost his son in a bomb blast whilst serving his country. I had very few words to say,many of us dont when confronted with a situation like that. I do think what I did say to him seemed to have meaning, having my oldest son serve in the British army in a war zone a few years ago. For me, he came home safe. I could relate to a loss of this type having lost a young close family member in horrible circumstances a few years ago. I felt his pain.

The two boys with me were spell bound. Two British boys standing there listening, still clucking your flags fluttering in the wind. Tranfixed hearing what was being said. I could see in their faces these words had even more impact than any news report they may have seen. No photo, of this. A moment you can only see in you mind. Both seeing and hearing the pain and hart ache in this mans words,and this first hand. To them it brought the past right up to today. What respect I had for him. I wish now I knew his name. I wish him well, and those around him. 

I would like to thank Kim Woolfe of Zanesville Ohio who requested that we do this on this day. She stood in that very same spot where the flags flew a few months ago while on vacation. I would further like to express my condolence to Kim and her family who sadly lost her own father to a better place on this same day.

                                              PLEASE  NOTE.  

WE WOULD NEVER IN ANY WAY DETRACT FROM 911.  WE FEEL THAT THE LISTINGS BELOW OF THE PEOPLE AND COMPANY'S BRING TOGETHER THE WHOLE STORY WITH THE FEELING IT IS MEANT TO PORTRAY IN THE STORY YOU HAVE READ. THIS IS NOT IN ANYWAY TO PROMOTE ANY FORM OF ENDORSEMENT BUT MEARLY EXPRESSING THANKS. 

                       THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE OF DEVON AND OHIO

We would like to thank the British and American agency's and thier company's. Frankly were it not for them, we would never have been able to under take these trips to the United States nor have met the people and formed the friendships that we now have.

I hope we get the spelling right, if not we will correct them in time. We are going to name the people in order of the events that took place. If any one feels missed out please let us know. 

 

DEVON  AND  CORNWALL  POLICE   ( UNITED KINGDOM )

 

DEVON  FIRE  AND RESCUE  SERVICE    ( UNITED KINGDOM )

 

OKEHAMPTON   COLLEGE   ( UNITED  KINGDOM )

 

H.S.B.C  BANK   (UNITED KINGDOM ) 

 

THE  HOLIDAY  INN  ZANESVILLE  OHIO ( USA )

 

THE AMERICAN ORGANISERS. 

 

DAN SIMONETTE.    ( Without who, non of the US trips would have ever had happend )

SHERIFF  BOB  STEPHENSON.  ( A man who commanded respect that was well deserved )  

MICK AMOCOMBE.  ( Fieldhouse Sports centre ) ( F.S.C. ) ( helped in so many ways )

TRACY  HAVENS.     ( A great person who was a constant help to all us Brit's )

KELLY KENAVEL.      ( Kelly worked so hard with the police and hospital and all aspects of the trips ) 

TODD KENAVEL.  ( Dep Sheriff )   ( Cant thank Todd enough. Even more so having to host my own son. Beyound the call of duty )

ROB  GIBSON   ( with out this man the 2nd trip would have not have had the National exposure in the press here in the UK ) 

KELLY  PATTERSON  ( We cant say enough about the help and frienship this young lady has given us for so many years. We think of her and her mum as family as family )

 

AMERICAN  EXCHANGE  STUDENTS ( Who stayed with us in the UK for a few months ). 

 

DERREK  SIMONETTE.   ( Derrek has to be one of the best young man I have ever known. Polite,total respect to others, and a credit to his family )

EMILY  WILLIAMS   ( Emily had a short stay in the UK. We hoped she gained some understanding of the British way of life )

CORRY GIBSON.  ( Corry lived with my family during a very testing time both for him having broken his leg and my illness during his stay. This only 2 weeks into a 3 month exchange. Both he and his family wanted him to stay. He was a joy to have )

WE THANK ALL THE AMERICAN FAMILY'S WHO ENTRUSTED THEIR CHILDREN TO OUR CARE. THANKS ALSO TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO UNDERTOOK THAT ADVENTURE AND WHO ADAPTED SO WELL TO THE BRITISH WAY OF LIFE. 

 

PREMIOR TEAM RETURN TRIP TO THE U.S.A.   Again the same people were involved as well as other company's both here and in the U.S.A. SPECIAL THANKS TO THE PEOPLE OF CREDITON AND THE THEN PERSONNEL OF C.Y.F.C.

WE FEEL THAT EVERY ONE SHOULD EXPRESS TOTAL GRATITUDE TO CREDITON FIRE AND RECUE SERVICE WHO HELPED IN SO MANY WAYS. THE AMERICANS SHOULD BE AWARE OF THESE MENS TOTAL DEDICATION OF NOT ONLY THEIR HELP IN FUND RAISING FOR THE C.Y.F.C. PREMIOR TEAM TRIP, BUT THEIR RESPONSE TO THE 911 TRAGEDY.   

 

ZANESVILLE  SHERIFF'S  DEPT   ( Sheriff Bob Stephenson )   ( U.S.A. )

 

ZEE  TV  OHIO  (U.S.A. )

 

WESTCOUNTRY  TV   ( UNITED  KINGDOM )

 

BBC  TV  ( SPOTLIGHT )    ( UNITED  KINGDOM )

 

DAILY MAIL NEWS PAPER  ( UNITED KINGDOM )

DAILY MIRROR  NEWS PAPER  ( UNITED KINGDOM )

THE SUN  NEWS PAPER   ( UNITED KINGDOM ) 

 

BBC  RADIO DEVON   ( UNITED KINDOM ) 

 

CHILDRENS HOSPITAL  COLUMBUS  OHIO    ( U.S.A. )

 

ZANESVILLE  HOSPITAL  OHIO    ( U.S.A. )

 

ZANESVILLE  FIRE  DEPT    OHIO    (U.S.A. )

 

JOHN  GLENN  HIGH  SCHOOL   OHIO   (U.S.A. )

 

JOHN  CLENN  JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL  ( U.S.A. ) 

 

MAYOR  OF  ZANESVILLE   ( The late John. F. Fenton ) ( U.S.A. )

 

ZANESVILLE  S.W.A.T.  TEAM.  OHIO   ( U.S.A. )

 

LONGONBERGER  COMPANY  OHIO     ( U.S.A. )

 

COLGATE  POLMOLIVE   ( OHIO )  ( U.S.A. )

 

CONGRESSMAN    ( Robert. W. Ney )     ( U.S.A. )

 

LAST  BUT  NOT  LEAST.

We say a very big thank you to all the American host parents who looked after our young charges and the host children who made them feel so welcome.

SORRY.  WE ARE NOT ABLE TO UPLOAD THE PHOTO'S AT THIS TIME.

WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET THEM UP IN A FEW WEEKS.