Of 9/11, Sully, and Hope

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Just a few short weeks ago J and I were on the East Coast and carved out a few hours to visit the 9/11 Memorial. Having been to NYC now, having visited the “Museum” (the word museum just seems inappropriate?) and Memorial Site, puts a different perspective in our mind as we take moments to remember what happened 15 years ago today.

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For the most part, the Memorial Site for 9/11 is underground. You walk into the building, pay for your tickets, go through security, and then you head downstairs where there are countless artifacts, a tribute to all those who lost their lives, and history of not only the 2001 attack but the 1993 attack as well. It truly feels like a tomb.

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On the ‘smaller’ scale, the 1993 attack at the WTC happened when terrorists parked a van with a bomb in the underground garage. They had miscalculated their attack, however, and the bomb was no where was big as they had hoped in order to bring down the building. If memory serves me right, 6 people died in that attack but what people don’t know is that after that attack, the stairwells and emergency exit routes were all re-examined and fixed up. After this attack they felt that their emergency evacuation procedures/stairwells were subpar and because of this much work was done to make the building safer to evacuate. It’s hard to put a number on how many lives this saved in 2001, but they are sure it saved some.

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Yesterday J and I went to see the movie Sully. While we were on our East Coast trip I picked up the book and consumed it on our flight home. J followed in suit as he read it next and we were eager to see the movie starring Tom Hanks as Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger. One of the quotes that stuck out to me, especially this weekend, was when someone said “It’s been a long time since this city has had some good news involving airplanes,” to the Captain after the ordeal was done and they knew everyone survived. I don’t really know what else to say about this. I’m proud of all those who have fought for our country over the years. I’m thankful for the sacrifices made by so many so that I can live freely. I’m grateful for examples like Sully, who remind us that it’s important to have discipline day after day, year after year; it’s important to value life (if you only watch the movie you don’t get this as much, but in the book he writes at length about how his approach to life is deeply intertwined with a fundamental value on life); it’s important to realize we’re not alone in this big, great world. It’s important to keep hope and not let the darkness in the world keep you down.

“To life without hope is to cease to live.”
-Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

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