Today is the 13th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It is bizarre to think that this was 13 years ago. Only one of my three children had even been born and I was still at my predecessor firm. But I can remember succinctly the attack as it unfolded.
For years, I was fascinated with the World Trade Center, specifically 1 and 2WTC or the Twin Towers as they represented New York City and the world of finance. Basically, everything to a hopeful finance major. While in college, I interned at Dean Witter Reynolds and new hires completed their training at 2WTC. So this to me represented the beginning of my career in finance. Even after the merger with Morgan Stanley, the trainees went to 2WTC for their training. And while I came to Morgan Stanley from another firm, I did spend a week at the WTC Marriott and in several of the many floors in 2WTC occupied by the newly named Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. I was there, finally, and even coaxed several recruits up to the observation platform one foggy cold night to look over New York City from the highest possible vantage. This was 1998 and my dreams were becoming reality.
Fast forward to September 11, 2001 and I was driving to work, late as a result of having a newborn I am sure, as the attacks happened. The reports coming over the radio seemed unconceivable. I was shocked and also acutely aware that one of the trainees from my office was in 2 WTC as well as several other trainees I knew from the Philadelphia office. Fortunately, they escaped and survived as a result of the selfless acts of head of security, Rick Rescorla. We all, in the suburban office, watched the news coverage in stunned silence. The phones were eerily quiet.
All in all, 2606 lives were lost in New York City, 246 on the airplanes, and 125 at the Pentagon. 2977 Americans. So today and everyday, it is important to remember and honor those lost. And, equally important, to cherish those who survived.