9/11: Our Generation’s Pearl Harbor

The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom. — Rudolph W. Giuliani, Dec. 31, 2001.

I'm not sure how people felt on December 7, 1951, a decade after the attack on Pearl Harbor. But 70 years after the attack, we still remember and honor the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Sadly, our generation has its own similar and fateful date. When we hear 9/11, we all know what that means. This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington.

On that life-changing day 10 years ago, thousands of people from an estimated 90 countries lost their lives, while many more lost their fathers, mothers, siblings, spouses, children, and friends. There were many heroes who emerged from the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, including the New York City firefighters and police officers who raced into the World Trade Center towers to save people's lives, and the brave passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 who stormed the cockpit to prevent another attack.

I'm sure we all know where we were during that moment in time. I was driving to work, and when I called my friend Art, he asked me if I knew what was happening. I did not. His description could not, and did not, match up to the images I saw when I got to work and watched it all happen on TV. It was unreal.

The fact everyone was watching TV and not working was a sight in itself. After the twin towers fell, all I could do was pinch myself. But it was not a dream — it was a living nightmare. Now I understood how people felt on December 7, 1941… except, in the case of 9/11, the act of war unfolded live on TV.

On behalf of Avnet, I encourage each of you to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in your own way, whether privately, by helping in the community, or by joining friends or family. This blog is my way of remembering, just as future generations will be doing 70 years from now.

11 comments on “9/11: Our Generation’s Pearl Harbor

  1. Barbara Jorgensen
    September 9, 2011

    On 9-11-2001 I ha several interviews lined up for a big feature. One of them was with an executive at Avnet. He was there, as scheduled. Neither one of us had the heart to talk about things that at that moment didn't seem to matter. I remain grateful for that.

  2. Nemos
    September 9, 2011

    In that kind of moments like 9/11 there is not much to say. I wish nobody wherever he lives to face the situation that have faced the people of 9/11  We should always bear in mind that human life is priceless.

  3. AnalyzeThis
    September 9, 2011

    I didn't live in NYC on 9/11/2001 but now I do. I'm interested to see how easy/difficult travel Sunday will be. I'm sure there will be increased police/federal presence.

    That being said, I think the best way to “celebrate” 9/11 is to acknowledge the tragedy, but don't dwell on it: we can't change the past, we can only learn from it. And then recover and rebuild. Life goes on! A harsh sentiment perhaps, but that's the reality.

  4. saranyatil
    September 10, 2011

    we were busily planning for a trip, I never believed when my friend was telling me about the news. but when i saw the news immediately i was shocked. Life is so precious.

  5. _hm
    September 11, 2011

    Yes, we all remember that day. We all emerged much more united and stronger. We must uphold our values and do the best we can do for our society.


  6. Anand
    September 12, 2011

    I clearly remember that day, I was in my college and one of my friend told about this incident. When I saw the images on the television I was shocked. Even after 10 years the horrific images are still fresh in the minds of the people. I pray all the countries in the world come together to rootout terrorism from this world.

  7. prabhakar_deosthali
    September 12, 2011

    When we look back at the sequence of events that led to the fall of the twin towers of the world trade center, the way this plan was exceuted by the terrorists, I am in awe for their planning, precision and timing of exceution

    Just imagine, if such masterminds are  brought back in our camps for betterment of the humanity  they would turn the world around in a good way. These people can turn out to be the best strategists, the best technocrats and the best task masters.

    Their Passion, their dedication and their organizational skiils need to be diverted to a good cause . 

    We need a spiritual leader like Dalai Lama to change the minds of these terrorists towrds working for the good cause. working for creation instead of destruction.



  8. Ariella
    September 12, 2011

    Very well expressed, Nemos. Thousands lost their lives that die, and each one counts as a tragedy.

  9. Tim Votapka
    September 12, 2011

    It was surreal even though we were just 30-40 miles away on Long Island, until a few days later the air that far out was filled with the smell of something burning, followed by the daily funeral processions around local firehouses. 

    Unbelievable, but very real.

  10. JADEN
    September 14, 2011

    The date was with a significant traumatic event, it has already made an unforgettable imprint the memories of individuals.

  11. Anne
    September 14, 2011

    It's incredibly hard to believe that it has been 10 years, seemed like yesterday, something that doesn't get lost in memory.

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