Niagara Gazette —
Sept. 11 was one of the bloodiest single days in American history, not only to the public but also to the tight knit firefighter community. During the immediate response in New York, 363 New York firemen and women were killed, performing what Colangelo said was the definition of courage.
"These past 12 years have shown America does not give in to fear," Colangelo said. "The rescue workers who rushed to the scene, the firefighter and police officers who charged up the stairs, these patriots defined the very nature of courage. With a just God as our guide, let us honor those who have been lost, let us rededicate ourselves to the ideals that define our nation and let us look to the future with hearts full of hope."
As the country mourns the deaths on that fateful day, the rest of the world is awaiting what the U.S. will do concerning the alleged chemical weapons attacks last month in Syria, reportedly launched by the country's president, Bashar al-Assad, against his own people as part of a multi-year civil war.
Dyster used his time at the podium to stand behind the efforts of President Barack Obama, who addressed the nation Tuesday night about his intentions for a military intervention.
Obama said diplomacy is being explored as the first choice, but that some form of air attack – no American soldiers would be put in harms way in the country, he said – would be possible if talks fall through.
Dyster said he supports the president in holding the Syrian leadership accountable if the allegations against it are true.
"I applaud the efforts of President Obama in the situation in Syria to make sure that the bright line against the use of weapons of mass destruction in this international domestic conflict is not crossed without some sort of consequence," Dyster said. "I'm very, very encouraged by diplomatic events in the recent days and we all hope are going to (lessen) the necessity for American military action. None of us who've had friends or relatives serve abroad, particularly in combat situations, never look upon the use of military force as a (threat). It should always be a last resort in American foreign policy."