I was in Manhattan last month and I snapped this picture of One World Trade Center. When it is finished, it will be the tallest building in the United Sates at 1,776 feet. The building appears to soar. It is uplifting. It is inspirational. On this day when we pause to remember those who perished on September 11, 2001, let us also think about the indomitable spirit of all those who had to persevere after their world was destroyed on that day: people who lost loved ones, their co-workers and their sense of security. Fortunately, as with so many disasters, the Red Cross was there to provide comfort and support. I am grateful to all of the Red Cross employees and volunteers who came to the assistance of those in need in the days, weeks and months after 9/11. Also, I am thankful for all of the people who felt compelled to join the Red Cross as a volunteer as a result of 9/11.
As with all tragic life events, we each have a choice to make, either we can crumble and fade in despair or we can find a way to recover and thrive. One World Trade Center is an amazing architectural interpretation of the spirit of hope that we should try to embrace after tragedy and disaster.