10 Years Later

Artist's conception of rebuilt World Trade Center
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10 years has passed. I can remember 9/11/2001 all too well. I was riding to work with my wife when the radio station we were listening to announced that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. At first, we thought that the morning show had really lost their marbles by joking about something like that. We switched stations and the news was real. We could not believe our ears. Both of us were born in New York State.

When I got to work, I had a message waiting for me and all other managers. It simple said, that today is going to be a day that we, as managers, need to insure that we take care of our employee’s and ourselves. Televisions, internet news and every other form of communications were available for all employee’s. Make sure that if any of your employee’s need to take the day off, please make sure to make that happen. For us in Arizona, the news was first happening when just about everyone was driving into work. So, many employee’s probably did not know much, if anything. When they came into the office, they quickly  came up to speed. Many employee’s were wondering about friends and family that they have or know in and around the World Trade Center. For me, we had a couple of our suppliers that were pretty close to ground zero. Thoughts of them and their families popped into our heads. I know of no one that did not feel something that day.

I happened to be on a business trip in New York, the very last day that they pulled out some of the rubble from ground zero. I made sure that this business trip, to put on some vacation time (and have my family join me). For my kids, it was their first time in New York. For my wife and I, it was a much different skyline. We did the complete New York tourist stuff. What hit me the most, was walking around ground zero. Looking at the pictures, the other people from all over the world that were witnessing the same things that I was. Horrible sight. The silence from that many people.

Every year on 9/11, I have made it a point to volunteer for anything that I can do to help out others. Doesn’t matter what or who I am helping. I do it because, I bet every person that was killed would volunteer if they could. I want to continue volunteering on that day, no matter what year it is. It is my way of remembering.

The weeks leading up to this 10 year anniversary, I have been watching much of the 9/11 shows. Each of them, bring me back to the emotions of the very day. As I am writing this, I still remember sitting with my daughter discussing those actions that afternoon. Watching the rising of the WTC demonstrated that we will never forget. That we will overcome the tragedy and rise above. Watching the celebrations that we come from 9/11/2011 will be special.

I am proud to be a New Yorker! I am proud to be an American! Nothing keeps us down…

Way to GO! Thanks…

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