September 10, 2015


It’s so hard to believe it’s been 14 years since that gorgeous, absolutely perfect September morning when the first hints of fall were in the air and everyone was in great spirits.

There are still stories to be told of the heroes of that dark day.

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 remember September 11, 2001, you will never forget it.



  2. Great post, Meg. I was there on 9/11. I lived on 7th Avenue in Greenwich Village and saw the Twin Towers every day of my life and watched them go down. It's something I will never get over. And New Yorkers really did step up. They started lining up at St. Vincent's Hospital to give blood before the towers even went down, and the line went around the block. The sandwich shops and eateries were giving all the donors food while they stood in line. Only there were no victims to give blood to. Everyone either walked away or died. The doctors and nurses stood outside for triage for hours and hours, and no one came. And soon, dust covered people made their weary way past us as they walked uptown or to the bridges to get home. Many people walked miles that day to get home, because that was the only way to get there. I didn't know about the boat lift until much later. Pretty impressive.

  3. I have seen this boat lift video before and it is absolutely awe-inspiring. Like most folks, I will NEVER forget what I was doing/where I was/what that day was like as it unfolded for as long as I live....I remember carrying a small television to work so we could watch the news reports in the small doctor's office where I was employed at the time....I cried many many times in the days and weeks that ensued....and this morning the tears fall again for the senseless loss of life. God bless America.

  4. Thank you for posting this, Meg! I never knew this story. I've shared it on FB too. Just amazing.

  5. something very special about ordinary Americans. Thank you for sharing this video

  6. How very special Meg, I feel I have so many to thank for helping on that dreadful day for all Americans. I was watching it happen live on CNBC and felt totally helpless.

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  7. I never felt more proud to be an American than on that day.

  8. Meg, thank you for posting this. In a world filled with so many troubles, the video beautifully illustrates that goodness exists in the hearts of many people, and the world is better place because of them.

  9. Here's to my cousin, Mike Otten, NYFD, who went in while everyone else was running out. R.I.P. to a good man.


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