We all have vivid recollections of the tragedy in New York and in Washington. The media coverage at times saturated our senses and emotions with images and feelings we will never forget. The photo of a firefighter from Engine 28 coming up the steps of the World Trade Center while masses of people were rushing down struck me as one of the most courageous acts imaginable. That quiet sense of duty that he and his fellow firefighters, police and medical personnel performed fills me with awe.
Many years ago, my wife and I visited the battlefield at Gettysburg. I recall standing near the spot where Confederate soldiers began the famous attack known as Pickett's Charge. I asked myself then: How could men advance, with such discipline, up that slope, knowing full well what awaited them? I asked that same question when I viewed the many scenes of personal sacrifice and courage that were portrayed on television last Tuesday.
JOSEPH A. FILLIP