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From the ED 9.11.14

Dear Colleagues,

Never ForgetIt is hard to imagine that any American or indeed any person anywhere in the world over the age of about 18 does not clearly remember where they were and what they were doing the morning of September 11, 2001. Our family was living in Niwot, CO where we still live. I was between jobs and therefore had the opportunity to walk my daughter to school – she was in 1st grade. My wife and I did this together. It was a short walk and when we arrived at the school there was an unusual buzz of conversation. At this time, no one really knew what was going on, but there was talk of a plane crash in New York City. When we got home, the phone rang and we turned on the television along with millions of others. What we saw shortly after I will never forget. The first of the Twin Towers had been struck by an aircraft and we watched as the second was struck by another aircraft. I remember my first thoughts were total disbelief that this could be real.

9/11/2001 changed the world in so many ways. Many of you knew someone who lost their life on this day. I did not know anyone personally lost in this tragedy. In December 2012 we all witnessed the horror of the Sandy Hook tragedy. As that tragedy unfolded we were asked as a nation to consider remembering the name of at least one victim of this tragedy. I have committed to remembering Victoria Soto – a teacher who gave her life protecting her children. As we consider the anniversary of 9/11, I think again of Victoria Soto, and the countless number of human beings in the US and around the world who have lost their lives or suffered due to the inability of human beings to live together peacefully.

We were all touched in one way or another by the events of 9/11. I had a plan to start a new business at this time. That fell apart and I was looking for a job, which led (eventually) to an independent school, which has dramatically changed my life. One of the truly unique qualities of independent schools is our ability to teach and instill character into the children at our schools. We know that their world is difficult and they will face many challenges in the years ahead. However, I continue to believe in the work of our schools and our ability to help these children become true global citizens who will be the next generation of leaders.

Feel free to share your 9/11 memories in the comments below, possibly honoring a victim or someone you know touched personally by this tragedy.  I also urge you to take a few minutes of time today and think about the tragedy of 9/11, among others, and then consider the incredible importance of the work that you have chosen to do every day. Our children, and in fact our society, depend upon you.

Thank you for what you do.



Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO
Twitter: @MISBOconnects   @Marcll

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  1. Julie Ray permalink

    I remember sitting in my living room, aghast at what was being reported live on television. I am the proud daughter of a retired Air Force officer, the sister of brother who had been an Air Force pilot during the Gulf War and was an air marshall while flying for the National Guard and a major airline, and the sister-in-law of a Naval Academy graduate. The events of 9-11 made me sick and deeply angry. My heart broke for the victims and their families on that day and the days of Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech to name a few more. I do know someone who was in New York near the twin towers on 9-11, whom I had known since I was three years old. I am thankful to say he was one of the survivors, but I know so many others were not so fortunate. My husband and I took our children to New York a couple of years after 9-11, and we showed them Ground Zero, so they would not forget. I am profoundly grateful for the heroes who refused to let fear stop them from taking action and for the heroes who continue to relentlessly pursue those who think fear is a solution.

  2. Amy Madsen permalink

    On 9/11 I was working for the Employment Security Commission (also known as “The Unemployment Office”) filing unemployment claims for many dislocated textile workers that had lost their jobs at Fieldcrest Cannon. I started hearing stories from clients who were coming in to file for unemployment that day. At lunch, the new confirmed what I had heard all morning. Thankfully, I did not know anyone who lost their life that day, but since then, have met many who had friends or family members who did. I am proud to say that my cousin, John, is one of the foremen who oversaw the installation of the elevators in the new Freedom Towers and have pictures of him on top of one of the towers as it was being built. I am grateful for all of those who lost their lives helping others that day, and to those who are helping to rebuild after the tragedy.

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