September 10, 2013

A 9/11 Story

When we think that we’ve heard all of the heroic stories about 9/11/01, there are still more to be told.

On September 11, 2001, more than a half a million people were evacuated from the lower end of Manhattan Island in just nine hours. This is the largest boatlift in history. In contrast, during WWII, over 330,000 people were evacuated from Dunkirk, but that was over nine days. Yet few people know the story of the 9/11 boatlift.

I hope that you will take a few minutes and watch this video. Then you will understand that countless unknown people were heroes on that sad day.

If you lived through this day, you will never forget what happened.

27 comments:

  1. I had goosebumps watching this video. Thank you.

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  2. Thank you.

    I clearly remember that day. I was born and raised on Long Island and spent a large part of my career in Manhattan. Although I was on the west coast when this happened, I felt it deeply. I had friends and family in the area.

    This video illustrates the capacity for people to do the right thing, good things when the unimaginable happens.

    I had tears on my cheeks the entire time I watched it.

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    1. I think that in most cases, most people will do the right thing.

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  3. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Like Squeak and Jill I had an emotional reaction to the selflessness of these gentlemen. I don't think I would have seen this tribute otherwise.

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    1. I had not heard this whole story before. Thanks you for sharing. I in turn will forward to
      those in my address book.

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  4. Thank you for posting this. It is so incredibly emotional to watch but a side that I haven't seen to this horrific day. What heroes they are.

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    1. This film is only about two years old, so it's still unknown.

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  5. I had forgotten about this. Thanks so much for posting, Meg.

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  6. Living in Britain on that day I was quite removed in some ways, though really in the face of it in others. Thanks for sharing this amazing video.

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    1. I understand... at times like that, you want to be home.

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  7. Had not seen this film and was unaware of the massive evacuation that took place by the boats. Thank you for posting it Meg, it was a meaningful way to remember this day.

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  8. I had not seen this film either-thank you for this. enjoyed talking with you on FB today. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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    1. You're quite welcome! Always happy to share.

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  10. Thanks Meg, lost a former student and field hockey players over PA. Just spent the weekend in NYC taking water taxis. Video made me weep when I saw the Moran tug - so love watching them off of Ft. McHenry.

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    1. So sorry for your loss. Shocking how many people had some connection to someone who was lost.

      And I love the Moran tugs, too!

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  11. Carol Dent has left a new comment on your post "A 9/11 Story":

    My goodness. What an unknown story, and a wonderful tribute to all the people simply helping their fellow man in the worst time ever. Thanks for showing this. x

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  12. I very much enjoyed this piece. It really hit home with me as I was a part of a similar, though smaller, boatlift in 1989. I was working on a ferry in San Francisco when the Earthquake hit, collapsing roadways and the Bay Bridge. All available ferries cancelled charters and sightseeing routes and entered emergency service. We hauled many thousands of people away from the blacked out waterfront in San Francisco and away from the natural gas leaks which had us very nervous every time we landed to retrieve more stranded people. I worked for 18 hours before ever being able to determine if my family was safe. Thanks for this video.

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    1. Anon@21:16 Thank you for your service and your bravery.

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  13. Thank you for this. I had no idea. I have never heard about this.
    Every single American should watch this.

    Simply astonishing.

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  14. I watched this video 5 times yesterday and then posted it on my blog with a link to your post so that others can come view it. It lifted some of the sorrow I still feel when this time of year rolls around. I also had no idea the boatmen did such a service for the people that day. What a credit to our country they all are.

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