Ten years after one of the greatest tragedies of our time, we remember the ordinary things we were doing when we heard the news on September 11, 2001. The moment is a still photograph of time etched in our memory. The countless heroes who sacrificed their lives, the unsung heroes we will never know, and the living heroes - the surviving families, will all have their place in history. But, as English poet, John Milton, wrote in his poem "On His Blindness" - "They also serve who only stand and wait." We are proud to have provided support for determining environmental impact during the 9/11 aftermath.
"In this 10th anniversary year of the 9/11 tragedy, let us not forget the pain and fear and uncertainty, but revisit it often and gather courage from it." — Dr. Richard Lee
In my lifetime, there have been events I am drawn to revisit and others I wish I could forget. Sometimes they happened to others and sometimes to me and eventually they became harder to remember and easier to forget. But when I had a heart attack several years ago, there was no forgetting it. I felt the pain and the fear of not knowing if I would survive; the uncertainty of what life would be like if I did survive. I sensed the anguish and uncertainty felt by my family. But I was lucky, I was to be the recipient of a new heart - a transplant - a second chance. For those who were at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, there was no second chance. Not for them, not for their families. Survivors and their families will always live with the pain of loss and wondering what life would have been like - if their loved ones had survived. For them, there was no transplant to take them back to normal.
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