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.