Soldier tours 9/11 Museum to revisit day that changed his lifeStory by Suzanne Ovel
June 18, 2014
Staff Sgt. Isaac Rios is a native of New York City, N.Y., who visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum there on the Army’s birthday on June 14, 2014. Rios is participating in the 2014 U.S. Army Warrior Trials at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., June 15-19, 2014. He is assigned to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Warrior Transition Battalion.
WEST POINT, N.Y. - As he stepped onto the streets of Manhattan, Isaac Rios found himself in New York City for the first time in years— before the world-shattering event of 9/11. The Brooklyn native— Coney Island, to be exact— joined about 130 fellow Soldiers, Marines and Veterans, all a part of the 2014 U.S. Army Warrior Trials, in a trip on June 14 to The National September 11 Memorial Museum. The visit, which coincided with the Army birthday, brought back memories that are never too far from the surface for Rios anyway.
Rios, along with more than 100 wounded, ill and injured service members and Veterans from across the United States are at West Point to compete in the Army Warrior Trials, June 15-19. The event is hosted by Warrior Command and includes athletes from the Army, Marines and Air Force facing off in archery, basketball, cycling, track and field, swimming, shooting, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.
“Each and every single big picture that they had (of the World Trade Center attack), it gives you the memory of what you were doing; I can remember everything I was doing at that time, and the feelings that you felt when you saw that picture— it was the same pictures that they showed in the news,” said Rios, a staff sergeant from the Warrior Transition Battalion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. “It felt like your heart dropped.”...
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