On this day in 1993 (18 years ago), U.S. Forces descended into Mogadishu in Somalia to capture and extract high ranking officials in the government that overthrew President Mohammed Siad Barre and led to mass starvation and violence. The operation was supposed to last 30 minutes, but the crash landing of two BlackHawk helicopters and the subsequent effort to retrieve the remains and equipment lasted over 14 hours and left U.S. Forces engaged in intense firefights throughout the night. The event — and specifically the heroism displayed by a handful of individuals on that day — was immortalized in the novel and film “Black Hawk Down,” which is still one of my favorite movies. So as you go about your day just take a second to remember those who gave their lives in defense of their nation and others. For me, I know what I’ll be watching tonight at the firehouse.