On September 11, 2001, our nation was attacked by terrorists.

More than 3,000 innocent people were killed who were coworkers, friends and family members.

While it was mostly Americans who were killed in this horrific attack, there were also 327 foreign nationals.To all of us, they were heroes.

We shared the pain of watching the twin towers fall. We all knew in that moment that our lives had been changed forever.

We also witnessed the courageous acts of the FDNY, NYPD, NY/NJ Port Authority Police and EMS individuals in the face of these unspeakable horrors risking their lives to save others.

That courage and heroism continues for all those fighting the war on terror today.

 

9/11 Memorial: A Fitting Tribute

VENICE, Florida – In 2001, America was attacked by a small group of terrorists -- some of whom lived among us in places like Venice and Nokomis, Florida. 12 years later, a piece of one the towers they took down is being used as the Center Piece for the Memorial to help us never to forget .
 
 
 
 
Our Mission ...


Is to pay Tribute and Honor by engraving the names of the 343 FDNY FF and the 71 NYPD Officers on the 9/11 Victims and Fallen Heroes Memorial. We have already engraved 600+ names of Fallen Military Heroes who have been killed in the war on terrorism including 91 Navy SEAL’s, two (2) of which are recipients of The Medal of Honor.

Please know that we at Salt of the Earth USA have engraved the names of Civilians 1st Responders, i.e.,  FDNY, NYPD, 91 Navy SEAL’s two (2) of which are recipients of the Medal of Honor as well as those Navy SEAL’s who were killed on August 6, 2011, Extortion 17. Also we added 47 names of the 160th (SOAR) “Night Stalkers” along with the names of 348 Floridian Fallen Military Heroes who have been killed in the War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001.

 In addition,  we engraved (over 2 ½  years ago ) the names of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Information Officer, Glen Doherty, Former Navy SEAL and Tyrone Woods, Former Navy SEAL (The Benghazi Four) we added (back in March 2013) the name of Christopher “Scott” Chris Kyle, Former Navy SEAL-The Greatest Sniper in U.S. Military History

We want to thank those of you that have generously contributed to this noble cause. However, we are not finished ...  Remember, This Memorial is NOT just for Floridians, click on the National Database of Our Fallen Military Heroes Honor the Fallen and select a name and Click on: Angel Flight 
 

Please donate to help defray the cost of engraving and maintenance of the 9.11 Victims and Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida - click here.

 Also
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The Perfect Day Film

The filming on Saturday, April 23rd at the 9.11 Victims and Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Fl.,was especially moving. To learn more about the movie ... click here. To view the awesome Memorial and the names already engraved on the walls please click on this link.

On behalf of our Buddies and Members of the Lakewood Ranch, Fl.,  Veterans and Patriots Group, Mickey Quinn, US Navy Korean Era Veteran, Richy Evers, Retired FDNY  9.11 1st Responder, Garrett Lindgren , Retired FDNY, 9.11 1st Responder and Gene Sweeney, USAF Vietnam Era Veteran we are very proud and honored to be in the Perfect Day Movie.

This has been a Once in Lifetime Experience for Mickey, Richy, Garrett and myself (Gene Sweeney), to have the Honor and Privilege  to work with these young Producers, Directors, (JC Films) Film Crew (Lakeside Media) Wardrobe and Make-up Professionals and Thanks to you Tim Brown.

For more details about the filming click on the below links.

 Click on LakeSide Media's video.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Wfv6b39QM

https://youtu.be/5BFu0UnDNLw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyGVW_0dLlc

 

3rd Annual 9.11 Memorial Ceremony
Patriots Park, Venice, Florida
Friday, September 11, 2015

10:00am to 11:15am

The 3rd annual 9.11 Memorial Ceremony at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida, on Friday, September 11, 2015 was a resounding success thanks to your support!

Please know Carl Wallin, his wife Carol, and Reliable Carriers transported the WTC Beam to Venice, Florida where we built the 9.11 Victims and Fallen Heroes Memorial in 2012.

To donate please click here and visit on Salt of the Earth USA Facebook Page and click Like.

We will be going with a straight forward Memorial Ceremony with a Welcome,  Invocation, Presentation of the Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, Reflections from Guest Speakers, TAPS, Closing Remarks, Benediction and the singing of  God Bless America. Music by the Braden River Pipers. Come early pick a spot set-up your chair and enjoy Memorial Ceremony. Cold bottled water will be provided.

 
 
 With Your Help
As of September 11, 2013, 6,726 U.S. service members have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom. 
 Now is the time to step up and show our continued support. Please Give A Gift For A Lifetime and Donate any amount To Engrave A Name On The 9.11 Memorial in Patriots Park in Venice, Florida.

Remember, This Memorial is NOT just for Floridians, click on the National Database of Our Fallen Military Heroes Honor the Fallen and select a name and make a contribution to sponsor a fallen hero by clicking HERE. 

If you want to personally sponsor a name please follow the instructions HERE on how to get a name(s) engraved on the 9.11 Memorial or to get a Paver Brick engraved.

To find out more about honoring a loved one, or to make a contribution to sponsor a fallen hero, click HERE.


We  need your donations to help defray the cost of engraving the names below:

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

The U.S. Marine Corps has named the 12 Marines killed on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 in an apparent crash of two helicopters off the coast of Hawaii. Marine Corps Base Hawaii Public Affairs Office named them as:

Maj. Shawn M. Campbell, 41, College Station, Texas.
Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Capt. Kevin T. Roche, 30, St. Louis, Missouri.
Capt. Steven R. Torbert, 29, Florence, Alabama.
Sgt. Dillon J. Semolina, 24,Chaska, Minnesota.
Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, Gardners, Pennsylvania.
Sgt. Jeffrey A. Sempler, 22, Woodruff, South Carolina.
Sgt. William J. Turner, 25, Florala, Alabama.
Cpl. Matthew R. Drown, 23, Spring, Texas.
Cpl. Thomas J. Jardas, 22, Fort Myers, Florida.
Cpl. Christopher J. Orlando, 23, Hingham, Massachusetts.
Lance Cpl. Ty L. Hart, 21, Aumsville, Oregon.

Monday, December 21st, 2015

The USAF has released the names of the four (4) OSI Special Agents and the two (2) USAF Security Force Officers killed on December 21, 2015 at Bagram, Air Base in Afghanistan.

Special Agent Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen, 36, Plymouth, Minn;
Special Agent Michael A. Cinco, 28,Mercedes, Texas;
Special Agent Peter W. Taub, 30, Philadelphia, Pa;
Special Agent Chester J. McBride, 30,  Statesboro, Ga;

The two (2) USAF Security Forces members killed in the attack were:

Technical Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, of the Bronx, New York City;
Staff Sgt. Louis M. Bonacasa, 31, of Coram, N.Y.

The below are the names of seven (7) Fallen OSI Special Agents killed since September 11, 2001 in the War on Terrorism.


Special Agent TARA R BROWN, 34,Delton, Fla.,  Afghanistan 2011
Special Agent Thomas A. Crowell, 36, Neosho, Missouri, Iraq 2007
Special AgentNathan J. Schuldheiss, 27, of Newport, Rhode Island, Iraq 2007
Special Agent David A. Wieger, 28, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, Iraq 2007
Special Agent Matthew Joseph Kuglics, 27, Green, Ohio, Iraq 2007
Special Agent (SA) Ryan Andrew Balmer, 33 Mishawaka, Ind, Iraq 2007
Special Agent (SA) Rick A. Ulbright, 45 Boise, Idaho, Iraq 2004

March 10, 2015

The Guardsmen who died were from the Louisiana National Guard's 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion, based in Hammond: Eglin AFB, Florida

Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron, 40, of Thibodaux, La
Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, 26, of Fairfax County, Va.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr., 37, of Delhi, La
Chief Warrant Officer 4 George David Strother, 44, of Alexandria, La.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operational Command;Eglin AFB, Florida
Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif
Staff Sgt. Kerry Kemp
Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn
Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock
Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol
Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders
Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III

We can do this by Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th , 2016. Make this a Personal Gift, an American Legion, a VFW, AMVETS, Marine Corps League, a school, a community, a town, a city, a county, and or Statewide Project.

To have a name engraved on the Memorial or a Paver Brick click HERE
and follow the simple instructions.


If you would like to mail your donation:
Make checks payable to:Salt of the Earth USA
                                                                                                   
Mail to:Salt of the Earth USA

12611 Elgin Terrace-Mail Box 13
Bradenton, Florida 34202

 
 

 A Lasting Remembrance to Honor Our Heroes ...

 The 9/11 Victims and Fallen Military Heroes Memorial is intended to remind visitors to the Memorial of the impact of the events of September 11, 2001 on the citizens of this country and the extraordinary civic response that grew from this contemporary historic event.

The 14-foot 4,000+ pound steel beam recovered from the destroyed World Trade Center buildings (that took the brunt of the 9/11 attacks), anchors the monument and is the centerpiece of the memorial. It is surrounded by a pentagonal shaped black granite base that honors
 the names of those lost. 

To find out more about honoring a loved one, or to make a contribution to sponsor a fallen hero,   "click" here.


To donate please click here and visit on Salt of the Earth USA Facebook Page and click Like.

 

 


Report: U.S. Rescue Team Was on Its Way to Benghazi…

The evidence is overwhelming that the United States had several rescue teams
ready to go during the 2012 Benghazi attacks, but someone turned them back ... http://bit.ly/1lArquM.

We Added The Names (over three years ago) of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens,  Sean Smith, Information Officer, Glen Doherty, Former Navy SEAL and Tyrone S. Woods, Former  Navy SEAL, “the Benghazi Four” To Our 9/11 Fallen Military Heroes Memorial in Venice, Florida...

 The 9/11 Victims and Fallen Military Heroes Memorial we built in Venice, Florida is the 1st and only in the entire country to HONOR Our Fallen Heroes who were abandoned in Benghazi by engraving their names along with Our Fallen Military Heroes on the walls of the 9.11 Memorial in Patriots Park in Venice, Florida, where the terrorist were trained and plotted the September 11, 2001 attacks.

 
  
Please know that we at Salt of the Earth USA have engraved the names of Navy SEAL’s, Michael P. Murphy, Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson, along with 91 Navy SEAL’s, two (2) of which are recipients of the Medal of Honor including the 22 Navy SEAL’s who were killed on August 6, 2011, Extortion 17 on the 9.11 Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida.

We recently added the name of Christopher “Scott” Chris Kyle, Former Navy SEAL-The Greatest Sniper in U.S. Military History.

The 38-year-old father of two was remembered as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, according to the New York Times.

The below email is a Loving Mother’s response to a Happy Birthday Wish for her son Tyrone S. Woods…

From:Trail 213
Sent:Friday, January 15, 2016 3:13 PM
To:Gene Sweeney <genesweeney21@gmail.com>
Subject:RE: A HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISH FOR YOUR SON TYRONE

Thank you so much, Gene, for remembering my courageous son on his very special 45th birthday and the release of "13 Hours."

Like you, so many have reached out and it is making this day more bearable for me.  Please know that I continue to appreciate your holding Tyrone in your heart and honoring him at Patriots Park.  I know that he will always be remembered by the people in his grandmother's home state of Florida, and I know she is smiling about that.

With honor to all those who have served and sacrificed,

Cheryl

Cheryl Croft Bennett

Oregon City, OR 97045

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They Gave All...Please Give Some!

Please click here to donate to help defray the cost of engraving the names of the 343 FDNY http://bit.ly/1e4mVlv343  and the 71 NYPD Officers http://bit.ly/1mGGuku on the walls of the 9.11 Victims and Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice Florida, where members of the terrorist groups lived, trained and plotted the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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We Americans truly understand what all our Soldiers who gave
it all to protect us from terrorists since 9-11-2001....Gene