Within three hours, from 9:03 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, when the first plane hit, to 10:28 a.m., when the second of two towers crashed to the ground, the damage had eclipsed all previous records, both in terms of lives lost and in property destroyed on U.S. soil from a man-made event.
The eyes of the nation, indeed the world, will be on remembrance ceremonies this September. We will pray for every soul lost that day, and for the many more rescue and recovery workers who suffered from illness trying to save and recover the dead.
So, too, will the nation remember those who died in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan hunting down masterminds of misery.
Those of us in the property/casualty industry, despite the holes in our hearts, can do our part and remember the insurance and reinsurance markets who were able to find a way to secure sources of new capacity to rebuild.
Honor those who, despite the massive and sudden losses, did their utmost to make whole individuals, families, livelihoods and property owners affected by the unprecedented events.
Remember managers at Marsh and AIG, for example, who were working on a workers' comp claim, binding a casualty policy, renegotiating terms for D&O coverage, when their lives were snuffed out.
September 1, 2011
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