Chief Dan Daly - A true hero for the city of New York, students, educators, and communities around
In the spring of 2009, the Lake Shore High School Bands took an amazing tour
to the greatest city on earth, New York City. While developing the tour, it was very important to me that it wasn't
the typical student tour with cattle line eateries and the usual tourist traps. I wanted substance. I wanted to
make sure that our students were exposed to, and experienced the fine arts, the city's great history, culture, and some
of the more humbling moments; specifically the World Trade Center Bombing of September 11, 2001.
After a great deal of research and discussion with those who keep education at the forefront, a suggestion was made;
contact Chief Dan Daly, an expert on the 9/11 tragedy and a speaker who can relate to all generations. This suggestion
turned out to be one of the most valuable and greatest aspects of our tour.
Chief Daly spoke
to our group of 200 students, teachers, chaperones, and parents one morning early in our tour. By the end of his presentation
it was apparent that this short period of time would be an experience that would last forever for our group. Chief Daly
spoke of the lessons we all could learn from the 9/11 tragedy. He reminded our group of the value of today and the potential
of tomorrow. He implored our students to be appreciative and thankful for what they have and how fortunate they really
are. His message of peace and hope resounded through our group that morning in such a way that when our students were
given the choice of 3 hours in Times Square, or 3 hours at the World Trade Center Tribute Center, the students chose to spend
their free time in respectful remembrance and refection of that tragic event in our history.
Daly's presentation had such an impact that I arranged to bring him back to our school to present to our entire student
body. Once again, the response was overwhelming. We were also able to arrange a special evening engagement where
Chief Daly could present, to a more mature audience, the specifics of that tragic day. These presentations were done
with integrity and professionalism. Extra awareness was given to the age and maturity levels of each audience.
And his message was thorough, efficient, and extremely affective.
The effect that Chief
Dan has had on me personally, on my students, school, and community is profound. Without any reservation, I would highly
recommend having Chief Dan address your group or making him part of your event. His message will last a lifetime.
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