Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Patriot Day

It's tough to talk about other things on our blog without discussing 9-11. Especially since most of us spent the last couple of days reliving what we all went through 5 years ago.

Since I spent a lot of time around the response during late 2001 and 2002, I sometimes can not get away from the emotional aspect of it all. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the country in the senior advisor program which I helped create.

None of us will ever forget how many people lost their lives that day. At this same time, there are so many stories of heroism; not only that day, but afterward as well. If you ever have a chance to go downtown next to the site you can see the resilience of the small local merchants. I was down there just after 9-11 when the melted parking meters were still there, the dust was still on the windows, and not only was some of the shops not yet open but most of Wall Street was still closed up tight.

Now 5 years later, my 2 year old is 7; my 7 year old is 12 and the business community around the WTC is thriving. I don't know if this sort of "come back" would have happened in other countries, but I know it will always happen when the American small business spirit is alive.

Best Regards,

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