Tribute Tattoo Finished

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

A Staunton man's unique tribute to the fire fighters who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is complete.

Charles Earley has turned his back into a memorial to his fellow fire fighters.

His tattoo includes the well-known image of fire fighters raising the flag at Ground Zero, with a shadow of the World Trade Center in the background.

And this weekend, words were added. They say "Lost Brotherhood - Never Forget" plus the number "343" for the 343 fire fighters that were killed.

"It hit me hard that all those firefighters went in that building to do their job - save people, protect property - and they didn't make it out," Earley said Sunday. "And they didn't even think once about what was going to happen. They just went in there to do their job."

Earley and his wife are planning to visit New York City in April, to show his tribute to city fire fighters.

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