Concerning FDNY Medal Day 2011
Unfortunately, this happy little party, running from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., or to its conclusion, whichever comes first, will be open ONLY to active and retired FDNY personnel and members of their families; there will be a reception and party following the ceremony immediately afterward, with the Bagpipe Band making an additional musical appearance.
This ol' Dragonmaster recalls of yore the days when every New Yorker could celebrate the joy of being a New York City Firefighter; sadly, post-9/11, it got to a point where somehow, this type of event should be reserved for the Band of Brethren. Thus, my dears, was it so decreed.
Nonetheless, I cannot let a milestone such as this go unsaluted; so, this foolish old Mage hath chosen to respond accordingly. Besides, I'm a New Yorker now, and frankly, I need this.