Jim Morin ’75 Reprinted by permission of The Miami Herald


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The victims of the attack on America were just doing their jobs, serving their country, going about their daily lives, and looking forward to the next time they would be surrounded by family and friends. Now they are gone. We must remember them all as heroes. In a tragic way, they have each played a role in making our country stronger than ever. God bless each one of them.

Brett Gursky ’02
East Brunswick, New Jersey

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The London cabbie leaned out his window while I was walking near the U.S. Embassy, asked if I was American, and then flashed me the thumbs up and said, “God bless you.” A lovely British woman talked to me on my subway ride and then embraced me. A structural engineer stood there, and apologized again and again. The London police at the embassy did a security check—and then shook our hands. Strangers on the street, hearing our Yankee accents, offered us their mobile phones to call home. The compassionate people I have encountered are what I will remember most about my semester abroad.

Angela Sutter ’03
London, England

 

 

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Let us be sure that our leaders, acting in our names, go after the guilty carefully. Let us be sure that our outrage does not make “us” into “them.”

Judy Parsons ’67
Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Despite our distance, the people of Guam are grieving. Our silence and isolation cannot hide our deep sorrow. I have been pained very deeply by this tragedy. An immigrant to this great nation, I’ve always been very American at heart, even before I stepped on U.S. soil. I’m very proud of America, and all the noble ideals it stands for. We must defend our humanity at all cost. We shall never surrender.

Richie Kerwin Lim G’95
Tamuning, Guam

 

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On September 13, public life stopped in Germany at 10 a.m. In the afternoon, around 20,000 people assembled in front of the Hamburg city hall to listen to the mayor, the Lutheran and Catholic bishops, and the new American ambassador. I was shocked to learn that three of those terrorists studied in Hamburg and lived just a few blocks away from my brother and sister-in-law. We just hope here that there will not only be revenge, but a change in politics that aims to change conditions under which terrorism finds sympathy.

Dr. Hannelore Bastian
Hamburg, Germany

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It’s the little things we do every day that matter. Live every day to the fullest. Help your neighbor. Hug your family and don’t be afraid to say: “I love you.” As Americans we sometimes take our freedom and this world for granted. We’ll never do that again.

Wendy Smith ’84
Stoneham, Massachusetts

 

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