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America’s Response Monument

“De Oppresso Liber”

(“Liberate the Oppressed,” motto, U.S. Army Special Forces)

Within hours of the cowardly attacks of September 11, 2001, America’s Special Operations Forces were called to action, formulating an unconventional warfare response to the acts of terrorism inflicted on our country. Not since the patriots’ actions of Concord and Lexington in our Revolution has first priority been given to such an unconventional approach. The force of choice, eventually known as Task Force Dagger, was a multiservice, inter-agency task force built primarily around the Green Berets of the 5th Special Forces Group. Key to the task force’s success was a partnership formed between Army Special Operations and civilian professionals brought together to accomplish their assigned mission: destroy the Taliban regime and deny Afghanistan as a sanctuary for Al Qaeda. On the night of October 19, 2001, braving severe weather conditions and a ruthless enemy, the “A” Teams of the 5th Special Forces Group began infiltrating throughout Afghanistan. Helicopter infiltration and fire support was provided by the world’s finest helicopter aviators, the “Nightstalkers” of the Army’s 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment. Operating together with their CIA counterparts and Air Force combat controllers, the teams made contact with the various ethnic indigenous forces still holding out against the Taliban regime. Collectively, these integrated “A” Teams fought heroically under incredibly dangerous and austere conditions alongside their Afghan counterparts and accomplished what so many said could not be done … overthrowing the Taliban regime in that most dangerous of countries, Afghanistan. America’s Response Monument, “De Oppresso Liber,” features a Special Forces soldier representative of the many operational detachments “A” who operated across Afghanistan. Some of these A-Teams uniquely fought mounted on horseback alongside their Uzbek counterparts, successfully blending both ancient and 21st century state of the art methods of warfare against our enemies. These operators, informally referred to as “Horse Soldiers” or “Afghan Mounted Rifles,” were the first Americans to fight on horseback in over 50 years. This image was selected because it typifies the courage, adaptability and resourcefulness that are the hallmarks of America’s Special Operations community. The steel girder protruding from beneath the rocks is an actual piece of the World Trade Center Towers and as such is considered a national treasure. It symbolizes the connection between the events of 9/11 and the actions of the Special Operations heroes this monument honors. You are welcome and encouraged to touch it. This monument is intended to honor the incredible courage, initiative, and resourcefulness of all members of all branches of the armed forces who went and fought the battle of 9/11. It recognizes all of the men of Special Forces, all the great men and women of our joint Special Operations Forces, the intrepid officers of the Central Intelligence Agency and the entire inter-agency teams whose dedication, courage and commitment to the people of the United States of America were called upon in those terrible early days following the attacks of 9/11 to bring justice to those who would attack us. This monument serves as a most grateful recognition by the American people of their extraordinary service and sacrifice.



October 15, 2017


Kellita Smith as Lt. Roberta Warren on Z Nation (2014-2017)

Synopsis:  Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the United States of America a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood.

Series created by Craig Engler & Karl Schaefer

“I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.” 



Matthew Anderson| 1| USA.

You really seemed to like my last post about Matthew Anderson and I decided to make another post about him.
I was thinking of making another one for Antonella Del core by Italy…

If you have another idea for a volleyball post let me know in the questions! :)

Danny’s Story

My name is Danny Davila.  I’m 20 years old and live in New York City.  In March, my teammates and I, and our Unified Partners won a Bronze Medal for our floor hockey team when we competed in the Special Olympics World Winter Games when we competed in Austria.  

Becoming a team was a learning experience because we did not know each other on the first day.  Then we started bonding and we learned about one another.  We didn’t think of the different schools that we were from, we just wanted to become a Unifed Sports Team and represent the United States of America.  

Having participated in the Special Olympics has given us many great and wonderful experiences that I will last a lifetime.  Traveling to Austria game me an opportunity to meet many people from all over the world.  Being interviewed by ESPN and ABC was an honor.  My teammates and I were presented with an honorary espy award.  It will be a moment that I will never forget.  

If it wasn’t for my beautiful mom to wake me up every weekend for practices, and my coaches pushing me everyday to be my best this never would have been possible. Special Olympics has taught me how to cherish things in life and to always have the courage to try and never give up.  I would like to say thank you to Special Olympics and their supporters, and I hope that one day other athletes can have the same opportunities as me.

Daniel Davila, Special Olympics New York Athlete