As of the authoring date of this article, (September 12, 2011) I was driving into work at approximately 5:55 a.m., traveling east bound on the Congress Expressway. For a brief moment when the sun was just breaking the horizon in the background of the city, the sky was a beautiful mix of several blues with an orange and yellow cast. One could not help but look the incredible skyline and highlights placed on the buildings of our great city. The view sent chills down my spine.
After watching so many documentaries on Sunday, September 11, 2011 and reflecting on the events of September 11, 2001, I could not believe how incredible the foreground of the Sears Tower, the John Hancock, the Aon Building, and many other buildings looked at this very moment. For me, this was one of those moments when you reflect on how fortunate you are, how grateful you need to be, and the insignificance of daily issues within the broader spectrum of life. This was one of the most surreal moments I have ever experienced.
I know that the President’s message and the structure of the Association’s publication is to be founded in technical narrative and substance. However, it would be remiss of me to author a message about our industry particulars on the heels of our nation, the people of New York, and all the citizens of the United States, memorializing the history of September 11, 2001.
On the 10th anniversary of an event that has changed the United States forever, respectfully and with complete gratitude, this article needs to stand as an acknowledgement of the resiliency of the people of our great nation. This article stands as an acknowledgement of the strength of all New Yorkers as there losses were beyond reproach. This article needs to acknowledge and thank all Police Offices, Fire Fighters, Paramedics and first responders across the nation. These incredible humans, along with our military, are the real unsung hero’s of our nation. This article is to acknowledge, thank, and applaud all the men and women who have previously served as well as those currently serving in our armed forces. They fight to insure our safety, security and freedoms and for this I am forever grateful. There are no words to properly express the gratitude felt for these soldiers.
Truly America is the greatest nation. Please let us not forget this and let us not take one day for granted. It can all change in seconds.
I would like to thank Jim Cacciottolo, chairman of the Golf Outing, his committee, and Jan of the Chief Engineers Association, for the hours, time and effort in coordinating yet another very successful Golf Outing. We continue to grow in sponsorship and participants each year and we couldn’t be happier.
October strikes the month for the annual “Oktoberfest” meeting. This year’s sponsors for the meeting include the CEAC, The Hill Group, Chicago Cooling Tower, Imbert International, Infrared Inspection and Neuco. Thank you all for your continued support.
Please mark your calendars for the November 16, 2011 General Meeting. This will be our “Election Meeting” for the new slate of Officers and Directors. Details regarding the new Slate of Officers and Directors, as well as the meeting will be forthcoming.
As always, please keep the armed forces in your thoughts and prayers and remember those that suffered a loss on September 11, 2001.