Today, media outlets around the world are sharing memorials, war news, timelines and conspiracy theories with you.

They’re going back to September 11, 2001 and discussing their coverage of the day’s events, showing an airplane crashing into a building so that people can watch someone they love die, like a dear friend who is simply tired of watching his father die, over and over again.

We won’t show any video from 9:02 a.m.

For the rest of the week, Blast Magazine will show you photos, not of the dead and dying, but of the living and breathing. These photos are not professional. They were taken by my father, a firefighter and 9/11 rescuer, and his companions in the hours after the attacks in New York.

They must stand and serve as a reminder that when everyone else ran from lower Manhattan, these people ran towards it. And now they are dying from the toxins they inhaled and ingested.

It is time for the government to acknowledge this and care for the caregivers. If they do not, it will be a shame. A shame on the current president and whichever man or woman assumes the role next. A shame on Congress — Republican or Democrat. A shame on all of us.

About The Author

John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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