When I first saw this picture, I thought that the man carrying the children was their father. Now I realize that he was not related to them by blood, but by nationality. He is an American. They are American children. He is not their father, he is their protector. He’s a United States Marine.”
An Ensign, Megan M. Hallinan, serving about USS Winston S. Churchill, wrote a letter to her father in with the accompanying photo taken by 2nd class Shane McCoy the days immediately following 9/11. The photo shows the entire crew of German sailors aboard the German destroyer FGS Lutjens manning the rails in their dress blues. They were flying an American flag at half-mast while holding up a banner reading "We Stand By You". The German Navy did an incredible thing for Americans that day.