September 11th, 2001 started as any other normal day. Our members were traveling to work, thinking of the things we may take for granted. Perhaps they were thinking of a recent vacation with their family, or maybe about their children starting the new school year. When they arrived at work that day, they would accept their work assignments, having had no idea that an evil plot was unfolding to climax into the most deadly act of terrorism in history. After these cowardly acts were carried out, the lives of Americans, many from New York City and Long Island, were tragically ended. So were the many hopes and dreams of these workers to perhaps send a son or daughter to college, or attend their wedding. All of the future birthdays of their children would be without them. No longer, after years of hard work, will they be able to finally relax and enjoy traveling, spending time with their family, or look forward to retirement with their spouses. These workers were simply trying to earn a good living to help realize their dreams for the future. All of this ended that day.
The memory of the fallen Americans shall never diminish. They went to work that day as professionals, bringing pride and integrity to the workplace. This diverse blend of workers formed the foundation which cemented the organized labor community at it's core. The integrity and strength of our Union has been built upon this foundation. We honor those who gave their lives on that terrible day, September 11th.