Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00
Our former editor’s article about this community’s response to 9/11 is a moving record of people trying to do good at the worst of times. It discusses things that are well worth remembering – to remind us of how we can come together.
The sad tragedy of that day is also something best memorialized as a community. As Glen Cove Mayor Suozzi said, to heal and bond and rejuvenate.
This editor was working in Manhattan that day, first stunned and incredulous - wandering the streets with military bombers flying overhead, pay phones and cell phones disabled, and disconnected, teary faced people roaming around wondering if we were at war, who was dead and who was next. The thing to do seemed to be to work through the crowd downtown and volunteer at the Red Cross - the idea being to save the people in the buildings. A room full of like-minded volunteers near Ground Zero were told there was no one to save.
What then became important was aiding all those who were injured, scared, trapped and displaced. Anyone who found a way to help that day and found it within themselves to rise to action in the midst of such tragedy has something worth recalling as a group. Anyone who suffered a loss that day could use the support of their friends and neighbors.