Certain incidents remain etched forever in the minds of people. Unfortunately, tragedies seem to grab top recall. All of us remember with pain the events of September 11, 2001 – which has since gone down in history simply as “9/11”. Who can forget the sight of the World Trade Centre Towers being struck by aircraft – deliberately crashed  into them. Earlier that day, Al-Quaeda hijackers had in a well planned move hijacked four commercial airliners in the United States.

There are no known survivors of any of these planes. The hijackers crashed two of these planes into the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Centre. The third crashed into the Pentagon- the hub of the US Defense while the fourth crashed in rural Pennsylvania- the only case in which passengers tried to take charge of the flight. The hijackers were prevented form crashing this aircraft in their target-the nation’s capital, Washington DC.

These events left an estimated 2974 ( including 19 hijackers) dead- of some 90 nationalities. Many of them were innocent people who were working, traveling or simply were in the vicinity of the crash sites. Let’s pay homage to them.

The human spirit still triumphed and there were many stories of heroic deeds that day. When total strangers helped each other in a calamity. Equally, if not more touching, was the story of Omar Eduardo Rivera. This blind computer technician was guided 70 floors down in one hour to safety by Dorado, his  4 year old Labrador retriever guide dog.

Today our thoughts and sympathies go out to the families of the deceased as they remember that dreadful day. Homage can be paid in different ways. I know that Wipro named 4 Halls in their Bangalore campus after their employees who were killed in the 9/11 tragedy.

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This is Post No: 283 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success.