9/11: Heroes and Leaders

I’m angry, sad, and inspired today. My anger is directed at how recent political and religious controversies seem to be overshadowing what the anniversary of September 11, 2001 should be all about. I’m sad for the families and friends of the victims, and I’m inspired by the heroes and leaders that emerged from that tragedy.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use my leadership development blog for a a post about 9/11, and decided to check my RSS reader to see what some of my favorite bloggers in this space were doing. I found this post over at Mike Myatt’s N2Growth blog and was inspired to join Mike and others to help keep the memories alive.

The comments on Mike’s post are moving, and includes links to other 9/11 posts, including this one by Wally Bock, and this one by Peter Mello, referring the post he did on 9/11 three years ago: Hard to Believe, Impossible to Forget.

I have to admit, I haven’t watched footage of the Twin Towers attack in a while, so I watched this one (from Peter’s post) with my wife this morning, reliving the the moment together. The video should be required viewing by anyone old enough to remember and especially for those too young to remember:

Peter also includes a video from the website called HarborHeroes.org that commemorates the maritime professionals, vessels and companies who responded that day.  As I watched that one, and heard about how those heroes turned their boats towards the burning building, I was overcome. There were so many unsung heroes and leaders like this that we never heard about, and that’s what this day should be about.

I’ll end this tribute with David Bowie’s amazing performance at the Concert for New York City, “Heroes“. Crank it up, and remember.

How about you? What do you remember? Where were you, what were you doing, and what does 9/11 mean to you?