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For those who lived through it, Sept. 11, 2001, is a day they will never forget.
But, as time moves on, we need to ensure that we don’t let our children and future generations forget the heroism of those who were in New York City, in Washington D.C., and on United Flight 93 that day.
One person was Bob Beckwith, a retired firefighter and Korean War veteran famous for standing with President George W. Bush at Ground Zero three days after the attack.
As announced by his grandson, Matthew Beckwith, Bob Beckwith died on Monday from melanoma contracted from Ground Zero, at the age of 91, according to a report in the New York Post.
Beckwith is mourned by his wife, four surviving children, 10 grandchildren and two great grand children. He is also remembered by personages as illustrious as former Long Island representative Pete King, who wrote on Facebook that Beckwith “was a man of dignity and class who personified the very best of the FDNY, New York and America at our most perilous moment. I was proud to call Bob my friend and extend my prayers and deepest sympathy to his wife Barbara and all his family members.”
The Post reported that former President Bush also called Beckwith’s wife to offer his condolences.
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