“Never go through life saying you should have – If you want to do something, you do it…”

A friend sent the below video along to me and I feel it’s a must see, especially for all my friends that live here in the tri-state area.

A few weeks ago, we remembered the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 and I still get a tear in my eye when I hear about everyday people coming together to help strangers in their time of need.

The below video is narrated by Tom Hanks and highlights how we came together to evacuate the largest amount of people via the water in history on 9/11…

I can only imagine what people were thinking when they heard the following over the radios on their boats:


“All available boats – This is the US Coast Guard Pilot Boat NY – Anyone wanting to help with the evacuation of Manhattan, report to Governors Island…”


As these captains are looking towards the smoke and hearing the reports about lower Manhattan, they overcame their fears and went to serve others.

The wife of one of the captains – “But what if they’re attacked again?” And her husband’s response – “And I said that’s something I have to live with. I have to do what I have to do…”


Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Eyepop Productions, Inc.

BOATLIFT was executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke and premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington. The Summit kicked off a national movement to foster community and national resilience in the face of future crises. See www.road2resilience.org to become a part of the campaign to build a more resilient world. The film was made with the generous support by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Chairman Emerita, TotalBank (www.arsht.com)