i remember September ...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Kevin W. Reszel

why i remember September 11, 2001 ... 

I experienced that fateful day on a very personal and professional
level.  on September 11, 2001, I was an employee of Van Kampen Funds/
Morgan Stanley.  after seeing the horrific events around the country 
unfold live on my computer in our Oak Brook office, it was my job as 
the designated floor warden to conduct a safety sweep of our floor 
to ensure that all employees had safely left for home.  a mandatory 
building evacuation had been issued from our home office in New
York immediately after the World Trade Center attacks fearing the 
possibility of further retribution on related financial, military 
and government buildings.
as I opened each office door, my mind recycled and replayed the 
images I had just seen on my computer screen.  as I checked under each 
desk of every office and cubicle on my floor, I prayed for the safety of all 
those impacted in New York, Washington DC and Shanksville, PA.  
in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, I was struck by the amazing
resilience of the American people and the business community at-large.  
the overwhelming outpouring of fellowship and ‘community’ exhibited 
by all was nothing short of remarkable.  I carried that newfound sense of
fellowship, community, and perseverance into the next few years at Morgan 
Stanley and into the next chapter of my life and the opening of my 
own business.  
each year, I endeavor to remember september.  this year, I have the good
fortune of passing along a gift of an image synonymous with September 11th.  
on this 12th anniversary of 9/11, please accept this lithograph rendering of
“Home of The Brave.”   from my tri-city business to your tri-city business, let it 
be a symbol of American resilience, community and business ingenuity.  the 
black and white poster found behind this letter is also yours to keep and display 
in the front window of your business (if you choose to do so) as a symbol to all 
that pass by that you too, remember september.
thank you.
Kevin Reszel
Chief iDEA Officer + Founder
RESZEL iNDUSTRIES iDEAVERTISING
reszel.com/irememberseptember       

I experienced that fateful day on a very personal and professional level. On September 11, 2001, I was an employee of Van Kampen Funds/Morgan Stanley.  After seeing the horrific events around the country unfold live on my computer in our Oak Brook office, it was my job as the designated floor warden to conduct a safety sweep of our floor to ensure that all employees had safely left for home.  A mandatory building evacuation had been issued from our home office in New York immediately after the World Trade Center attacks fearing the possibility of further retribution on related financial, military and government buildings.

As I opened each office door, my mind recycled and replayed the images I had just seen on my computer screen.  As I checked under each desk of every office and cubicle on my floor, I prayed for the safety of all those impacted in New York, Washington DC and Shanksville, PA. 

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, I was struck by the amazing resilience of the American people, first responders and the business community at-large.  The overwhelming outpouring of fellowship and ‘community’ exhibited by all was nothing short of remarkable. I carried that newfound sense of fellowship, community, and perseverance into the next few years at Morgan Stanley and subsequently, into the next chapter of my life and the opening of my own business.  

Each year, I endeavor to remember September.  I sincerely hope that each and every one of you find the strength and courage to do the same not only on the anniversary of 9/11, but the remaining 364-days of each and every year that follows.

God bless you and your family.

Kevin Reszel
Chief iDEA Officer + Founder
RESZEL iNDUSTRIES iDEAVERTISING  

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