AMERICAN FREEDOM


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On September 11 2001 The World Changed forever. We all remember what we where doing on this faithful day. It’s hard to look at the NYC skyline and not see the Twin Towers. We Will Never Forget.

We all heard the stories of our brave NYC Fire fighters and the brave NYC  Police officers but I would like to talk to you about a friend of our family that was lost on that day.

Jose Ramon Castro was 37 years old awaiting on the arrival of his 1st born when the attacks happened.  A loving husband of 9 years and a great friend to anyone that ever spoke to him. I met Ray in the summer of 98, I just started dating my wife at this time and he was like a big brother to her. I remember 10 minutes into meeting him he made me feel as we where friends for many years. He was one of those people who loved to laugh and joke you could not be in a quiet room with him without him saying one of his jokes or him trying to make you laugh one way or another.

Not only did he work at the Twin Towers he was also a DJ and went by the name of DJ RAY. He loved music and he use to love to ride his bikes. As young as he was he had an old school Puerto Rican soul with strong Family values. He was living the American dream.

I could guarantee that Ray had never heard of Osama Bin Laden and to be honest I don’t think many of us did neither. I could also guarantee that what ever prompted this attack Jose Ramon Castro was not the cause of it. I feel that living the American dream comes with a hefty price. The freedom and liberty that we have are being taken for granted by many people in this country and it is being used against us by our enemies.

I would like to remind our Presidential Candidates that as important that the Middle East is it just as important to protect our borders. I would also like to once again remind them that we still have to tend to our own problems within our country. We need help with unemployment, with the economy, and our health care programs.

The most important one is military families on welfare. The biggest hypocrisy is that we want people to look at our armed forces as the police of this world but yet they get treated as second class citizens as they don’t get paid enough to support their families.

Lets never forget that 14 years ago we were attacked for only being American’s. My friend Jose Ramon Castro died for trying to provide for his family and doing the right thing. As a Bronx resident he was not just a statistic he was trying to overcome his surroundings.  If you ever come to NYC please stop by the 9/11 memorial and pay your respect, it’s a beautiful place lets never forget.

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