President Hahs reflects on one-year anniversary of 9-11 tragedy
As BLE members joined all Americans and most citizens of the world in remembrance of September 11, 2001, President Hahs issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of that tragic day:
"One year ago today, we all watched as our country was viciously attacked by ruthless and cowardly terrorists. As Americans, we were devastated as we watched, helplessly, while the Twin Towers in New York collapsed and the walls of the Pentagon shattered. We saw the flames soar from the plane that was heroically crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the most courageous of Americans took over United Flight 93 and gave up their own lives to save the lives of countless others by overtaking the hijackers on that flight.
"None of us will ever forget that day, one year ago, nor will we ever forget where we were when we heard the news of the attack. Today, as we mark the one-year anniversary of that tragedy, it is time to appreciate that which we may have taken for granted prior to 9-11: our families, our friends, our love of freedom and our love of this country.
"I hope all BLE members will take time out today to remember the heroes of 9-11, to pray for the families of those who lost loved ones, and to give extra affection to your families and friends. We know how quickly they can be taken away from us.
"BLE members working in passenger and commuter service that fateful day went above and beyond the call of duty in providing transportation to passengers in the New York areas. The fear and anxiety of not knowing what might happen next did not interfere with their dedication to providing service for the people who were in a state of panic.
"As an American, I am proud of the way America has responded to the attack on our country; as a BLE member, I am equally proud of the way our members responded through their generous support of the families of the victims of that attack. Throughout our 139-year history, BLE members have answered the call for help every time it was requested. I know we will continue to do so in the future. For that, I am very proud of this organization and its members."
© 2002 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers