From Allen’s Desk: 9-11-11Submitted by Guidant Planning on September 12th, 2011
By Allen G. Yee
I really can’t believe it’s been 10 years since that tragic event… September 11th… Such an unassuming date. Before that fateful day in 2001, it was a date indistinguishable from the day before, or after. But that is how all remembered or celebrated days begin. As just another square on the calendar.
I can still remember waking up that morning. It was an everyday morning, beginning with my everyday routine- Not yet knowing that the world had already begun to change significantly. I remember turning on the television and trying to process what I was seeing. It was flashes of words in bold red letters, tickers racing at the bottom screen, reporters struggling to maintain composure, and then the footage. It was unbelievable footage, unreal, like a movie. But I was viewing disaster and chaos on a level that the most talented Hollywood directors could never touch.
The kids were at an age where they needed assistance getting ready for school. And despite the best efforts from Myrna and I to stay on task, we couldn’t help but be glued to the television. The kids could sense something was terribly wrong as they gathered around Myrna and I trying to gauge the severity of the situation. Everything was so surreal. Shortly after the second attack on the South Tower, Myrna left for work leaving me to finish the task of getting the two kids ready for school. Amazingly, despite my attention divided between the shock of the collapsing towers and my children, I was able to get them to school without being marked tardy.
Shortly afterward I arrived to my office. I immediately turned on the television and read what I could on the internet. By this time it was evident that none of these events were accidents but an orchestrated terrorist event to harm Americans. A rush of fear, sorrow, anger, and other emotions took hold, as I realized that my clients were most likely experiencing the same feelings. Over the next few hours I spoke to nearly all my clients, many called because of concern and many I called to express my views. The markets did not open that day and remained closed until September 17th. Despite the chaos in the financial markets the underlying theme that rang through all my clients was that of care and patriotism. Many of their first concerns was to know if I knew anyone in the area. And there was this strong sense of “we’ve been through tragedy before and got through it and this would be no different.”
As we arrive at the 10 year anniversary event, Americans will celebrate our perseverance and the heroes and heroines that define our great country. We will remember and cherish the memory of those who perished, as well as thank the many that risked their lives selflessly to save others. A testament to both the preciousness of human life and the strength of the American spirit, 9/11 is a date that shall always be remembered…