The Resiliency of the American Spirit IS What Makes Us Great!
Every year we commemorate and honor the loss of many, the courage of few, and they way our lives were changed forever. This year is a little different though, as it has now been a full decade, 10 years, since THAT day. The day is fast approaching that we will all pause, look back, and remember where we were and what we were doing, and how we changed.
I still remember the day crystal clear as if it was yesterday. I was working early that morning here in Utah and I actually happened to be on the phone with a client in NYC who had a view of the World Trade Center. Suddenly she gasped and said there was a massive explosion on the upper floors of the building. Quickly reports started coming as to what was actually happening and shortly there after we shut down and sent everyone home to be with their families, it was the right thing to do.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit Ground Zero, although I am not sure that it is proper to even call it that anymore. It was a center of activity, construction, and healing when I saw it. The memorial pools were nearing completion and from a distance they were both impressive and hallowed. What an appropriate memorial! The temporary memorial building across the street houses an incredible collection of materials relating to the events of that day. It will truly be impressive when this collection moves into its permanent home between the two pools.
This leads me to the resiliency I mentioned at the beginning. TOWER ONE – This incredible building is rising from the ground much like the mythical phoenix does from ashes. To commemorate this decade of remembrance, the Discovery Channel has launched a program called “Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero” to honor both those who helped build the original WTC, those who lost their lives at WTC on 9/11, and those who are rebuilding WTC. I watched two of their episodes last night and was inspired. I highly recommend you find a way to see these incredible programs. Check out their website below for more details, for great video clips, and amazing photographs.
It was said on that day that we will NEVER forget. I would like to express my personal gratitude to ALL of those involved in ensuring that Ground Zero, scratch that, the World Trade Center will be a place that both honors and reminds us of that day.