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A Message of Solidarity

In our continuing series, we include reflections from Anthony J. Vine, MD, FACS, Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, and Member, Board of Governors, American College of Surgeons. Dr. Vine writes about his experience on the job in New York City.


Made it home from the hospital in time to catch the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels fly over the East River in homage to the first responders in New York, NY. It was both heartbreaking and inspiring to watch them fly in formation. When one of their own pilots has died, one plane breaks away. So many have passed away in isolation here, that seeing the pilots stick to their formation rendered a message of hopefulness and solidarity—that all the families who have suffered a loss will somehow find togetherness and closure soon.