Vehicles and pedestrians along our nation’s highways and cities have been doing double-takes the past 5 months as the 9/11 Bus (wrapped in photos of fire scenes with the unmistakable 9/11 Patch graphic on the hood) rolled through over 28 states, visiting with 130 1st responder organizations and communities, so far.
The bus, driven by FireCareers.com owner Craig Freeman and co-piloted by his wife Pam, bears the large words, FireCareers.com across each side. Fire Careers, a 28 year old national firefighter recruitment company, is the major sponsor for the 9/11 Patch Project. The two companies came together to confirm a clear message to Americans across the nation, “We Will Never Forget.” With the 10 Year Anniversary of 9/11, around the corner, both the Freeman’s and the 9/11 Patch Project founder, Brett Hill, felt it was time to take the message on the road–coast to coast.
The 9/11 Bus left Manhattan Beach’s Fire Department on January 25th, in route to Manhattan (NY). The purpose of the cross country trip is to have fellowship with hundreds of 1st Responder organizations, record the hosted stops with group photo’s in front of the bus and raise funds for the FDNY Bravest Scholarship Fund, the Terry Farrell Fund and the Feal Good Foundation. Funds are being raised through the sale of the 9/11 Patch Project’s iconic patches and decals. The bus is also raising funds by applying the names and logos of organizations along the way through the “Don’t Miss the Bus,” sponsorship program. This also funds the cost to run the bus at nearly $2 per mile.
More important, the names and logos on the bus send a clear message to the FDNY and other New Yorkers as the bus rolls into Manhattan, that organizations across the nation DID NOT FORGET.
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-Dan, Eland Staff