November 14, 2008
As many of you know, both on September 11th and during Hurricane Katrina, the first responders’ inability to communicate led to confusion during the evacuations and ultimately to hundreds of deaths on September 11th. These difficulties had been well documented after the 1993 World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings, and led to the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation to free up analog broadcast spectrum for emergency operations.
November 07, 2008
Like most of you, I stayed up late on Tuesday to watch the election results and witness President-elect Barack Obama deliver his historic victory speech. I realized his words echoed the personal journey of many of us who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. Following the tragedy, it was difficult to imagine a road to recovery, let alone envision hope for the future.
November 03, 2008
Last week I attended The National Homeland Defense & Security Symposium VI in Colorado Springs, CO, the nation’s leading public forum for dialogue on homeland defense and security. This year’s theme was “Securing our Homelands through International Collaboration; Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”
October 24, 2008
As I mentioned last week, October is National Depression Screening month. As we get further into the fall season, the approach of winter and the holiday season can often spark feelings of depression. As a mental health professional, I want to stress the importance of recognizing symptoms of depression and seeking help as soon as possible.
October 17, 2008
This week we are posting a selection of slideshows from our annual Forum and Commemorative Luncheon on our website. I would like to thank all of the photographers who donated their time and their talents to VOICES on September 10th and 11th. Looking at the photos, I am reminded of the strong bonds that connect the 9/11 community, our need to gather in remembrance and the importance of resiliency.
October 3, 2008
It was wonderful to see so many of you at our September 10th Information Forum and September 11th Commemorative Luncheon. This year’s events continued our annual tradition of providing an opportunity for 9/11 family members, rescue workers and those impacted by 9/11 to gather and receive pertinent information.
September 8, 2008
This e-mail is to confirm the exciting news that former President Bill Clinton will join VOICES for our Day of Remembrance on September 10th at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in New York City. President Clinton will speak at 5:00 p.m., reflecting on the progress that has been made over the last seven years and the global threats that still remain.
September 5, 2008
Some exciting news!! President Bill Clinton will be joining us at our Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, September 10th at the Marriott New York Downtown Hotel. We will send out further details early next week once plans have been finalized.
August 29, 2008
For those of you who are just returning from vacation, I want to remind you to make reservations to attend the September 10th Information Forum and September 11th Commemorative Luncheon. This year’s two day event, entitled A Day of Remembrance, is a full agenda of panel discussions, workshops and a 9/11 exhibit.