September 11, 2001, was my fourth day of high school at Stuyvesant High, the magnet-school giant located in the Tribeca area of Manhattan, about eight blocks from the World Trade Center. I was 11 days away from turning 14.
‘We learned lessons. We forgot lessons. We searched for meaning. We blocked out pain. The country changed. The world changed. You’ve changed. I’ve changed … We should never stop learning lessons, stop changing.’
Mike Thomas served as director of strategic communications for U.S. forces in Iraq. Now back in the States and serving as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Treasurer, Mike explains how public service is a hard but noble goal.
“This is why God gives us hardships: to push us. He challenges every one of us to restoration, then to an elevation. Ten years later we can all take a moment to look back and see how far we have all individually come.”
“As the details began to emerge, I felt compelled to take all of the footage captured that tragic day and create a short documentary of what happened in honor of the brave first responders and innocent people who died that day.”