NYPD & FDNY – I salute you

Date Submitted: 04/21/2003
Author Info: Brainard J (Pretoria, ZA, South Africa) 
Occupation: Self Employed/Entrepeneur
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I work in Johannesburg, South Africa as a special events producer and was just about to start a meeting with a client, discussing production elements of an upcoming product launch event when it happenned …

It was just after 3pm (South African time) when we received the first visuals on CNN. At first, there was absolute disbelief and of course we all wanted to believe that this was a trailer to a new action movie but you see, it was not. It was so damm real and disturbing that we were lost for words. People all over Johannesburg (and across the world) were glued to their television sets for the next few days at least to try and digest what has just happened.

It was a sad day for all of us and the amount of grief felt for the innocent victims of this mindless act was overwhelming – but it also taught me a lot about human strength and resolve.

I visited New York during February of 2002 and it was quite evident that the city had lost a great deal of it’s all encompassing energy – something I’m sure that will be regained soon.

Today I see an American society stronger than ever – a country that has the guts to go out there and take the responsibility to rid this planet of the evil doers of world terrorism.

To the folks at NYPD and FDNY, I salute you. To the American people and specifically the residents of New York City – be vigilant, get on with your lives and remember that you have REAL people caring about you across the entire globe.

Brianard J Vanwyk
Pretoria, South Africa


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