In Alex Ross' painting, one of the greatest fictional heroes and his dog look up in respect to real-life heroes. Both pieces appeared in DC Comics' "9-11: September 11th 2001" collection. Source: "The Image As Witness Collecting Visual Materials from the National Tragedy" Library of Congress Information Bulletin. September 2002  - Vol. 61, No. 9

"I am always amazed at how these men walk into fires, when the rest of us run from them"

- NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement
that something else is more important than fear"

- Ambrose Redmoon

By Five For Fighting

 I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naive
I'm just out to find
The better part of me

I'm more than a bird I'm more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
And it's not easy to be me

Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home I'll never see

It may sound absurd but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
And it's not easy to be me

Up, up and away away from me
It's all right You can all sleep sound tonight
I'm not crazy or anything

I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naive
Men weren't meant to ride
With clouds between their knees

I'm only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me

It's not easy to be me

American Town  Aware / Columbia Records (c) 2000


"I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even of supreme sacrifice."

~ Chief Edward F. Croker, FDNY

The Prevailing Human Spirit (9-11)

Included in Society of Illustrators Prevailing Human Spirit Show; Chosen to hang in the lobby of the United Nations Building. Source: Illustration Gallery - Loren Long, children's book illustrator.

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