Yesterday we honored and remembered those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The sadness and fear of that day will live on forever. We recognize those who came to the aid of the injured – donating blood, pulling people from wreckage, helping someone locate a lost loved one. We must give thanks for the brave first responders who ran toward the flames and responded from miles away, some of them truly answering their last call. We must thank the men and women (and their families) of our military who stepped up that day and in the days, months and years that followed. We must take pause to remember the lives lost – innocent men, women and children.
On Sept. 11, 2001, we all came together, strangers helping strangers – Americans helping Americans. The images are unforgettable – people, who had never met before embracing one another, crying and running holding hands to escape the crash sites. The stories of heroism from that day are amazing – true testaments to what it really means to be an American.
In the days that followed we worked together to overcome the horror of what had happened. We gradually went back to work, back to school and back to our lives. We tried to let the healing begin. But, we all knew, our lives in those moments were anything but “back to normal.” Many businesses near the impact sites were forced to shut down. The nation’s economy began spiraling downward. Travel was at a stand-still making it difficult to accomplish what some would’ve previously considered a daily commute. Certain access points in New York City, Washington, D.C. and other major cities throughout the country were shut down. Normally-full restaurants and bars were empty. High profile events were postponed. Tourist attractions were closed. These were just some of the visible scars on our communities. The emotional and physical pain so many endured is far too personal to even address.
This was truly a disaster of epic proportions. As Alan Jackson says in his song, “The world stopped turning on that September day.” It seemed as though things were frozen in time. America was coming together in patriotism, in heroism and in grief, but everything else seemed to be standing still.
This year marks the 10th year since September was declared National Preparedness Month. While none of us could’ve been truly prepared for the events of Sept. 11, 2001, preparing yourself, your family and your business
for a worst case scenario is important. We’ve seen it over and over, watching both natural and manmade disasters unfold. Having a disaster plan in place is a great step toward moving forward after the unthinkable.
Listen to Alan Jackson’s song, Where Were Your When the World Stopped Turning