BACC President's Message: A Weekend of Remembrance
Last Friday, September 11, was a somber, reflective day for our country. No matter where you were in 2001, the memory of 9/11 comes flooding back to us.
Last Friday on September 11 we held a BACC Boot Camp on Zoom and in tribute to the 2,977 people who died that day, we all shared where we were when the Twin Towers came crumbling down. As we shared our stories, the American spirit of resiliency, courage, determination and compassion for others shined through. It was particularly meaningful to hear the stories from members of varying ages, and the different perspectives we held that day.
One member was in their 4th grade class enjoying an outdoor recess when the planes hit the towers. They remember teachers frantically calling them inside and sensing a protective fear in their voices. Another member remembers getting ready for work but when the towers were struck, they decided to stay home, close to family and love ones.
Another member was at school when teachers starting yelling in the hallways to get inside your room. She looks back on this day as a real lesson in patriotism and love for our country. Finally, one of our members was working in the Twin Towers when 9/11 happened and would have been there except that morning she was delayed for work. If she had been on her normal schedule, she would have been walking into the building with a cup of coffee when the towers were struck. Instead, she was safely at home.
We will always remember and never forget the crisis of 9/11. But more than that, we will remember the human spirit that defines our country. Undaunted by the panic and unknown, heroes rushed in to help others with little regard for themselves. Caravans of people came from around the country to help complete strangers. It didn't matter, because that's what good humans do.
-- Suzanne Corr, BACC President/CEO.