Remembering the workboat efforts of 9/11

As many people spend this time remembering the horrific events of 18 years ago, each of use looks back through a different lens. Many lost loved ones, neighbors and friends. Others merely watched the events on TV, but felt the sense of loss just the same. We were angry, saddened, hurt. Many were overcome with emotion. Eighteen years on, these emotions linger and the wounds are deep.

In taking time to remember the efforts of the maritime industry and workboats on 9/11, perhaps we focus on the positive emotions that arise from knowing that Americans banded together in that time of great need, and that each who could do his or her part reached out and helped in any way they could.

Luckily, there are some moving tributes to be found online that document these great efforts and sacrifices.

First, we give you “Rescue at Water’s Edge: The U.S. Merchant Marine Response to 9/11,” which focuses on the 300,000 people evacuated over water on 9/11, the largest unplanned water evacuation in the history of the U.S.

Second, we think you’ll be incredibly moved by “BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience,” narrated by Tom Hanks, that features the boat lift that “evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan.”

If you have any other suggestions for videos to watch, or other maritime remembrance efforts, please leave them in the comments or email them to dkrapf@divcom.com.

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