Twenty years later and we can all remember the exact moment the attacks on 9/11 happened. I (Shea) was standing at the Folgarelli’s deli counter watching the events unfold on their TV. I assumed at first that I was watching a movie, but sadly I soon realized it was a live news broadcast. The first building was attacked and, in horror, all of us there watched as the second building was taken down. My cell phone rang, and I was told to go home immediately – the board meeting lunch I was scheduled to attend had been canceled.
Today, we will commemorate this day and honor those whose lives were lost. It’s also a time to reflect on how this act of terrorism cost us emotionally and financially. The American spirit should be remembered as resilient even as we face this current pandemic.