Today, on September 11, we remember those lost on this day in 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.

Today we remember Operation Boatlift.

After the towers fell, hundreds of thousands of people were desperate to get off Manhattan Island. But they had nowhere to go, since bridges subways, and tunnels in and out of the city were closed, and the city was in chaos. Then the Coast Guard issued a call to “all available boats” to come and help. The response was immediate and astounding.

Within minutes, hundreds of tug boats, ferries, pleasure boats, vessels of all kinds, started streaming toward the bottom of Manhattan, from all over NY and adjoining harbors. Together, in a miraculous spur of the moment mobilzation of mariners wanting to help – they evacuated 500,00 people to safety.

If you’d like to watch the memorable short film quoted in this podcast, please watch Boatlift (link below). It’ll be among the best 11 minutes you’ll ever spend. Have a box of tissues nearby. If you’re anything like me, you’ll need it.