The ASPCA Remembers 9/11: The Day That Will Live on in Infamy

September 11, 2001, the day the terrorist attacked and destroyed will be a day that will live on in infamy.

Not many of you reading this will be old enough to remember President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Day of Infamy” speech given on December 8, 1941. I did not hear the original radio broadcast that began: “Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan…,” because I would not be born until almost two years later. I have, since then, listened to that broadcast several times.

Since December 7, 1941 when Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, there has been another surprise attack on American’s that will live on infamy; another day that will live on in infamy, September 11, 2001. Some will tell you that Friday, November 22, 1963, the day the President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas qualifies as a day that will live on in infamy. Kennedy’s assassination was a terrible tragedy, but it pales when compares to the infamous tragedy of 9/11. Most Americans wept when JFK was assassinated, but most of the civilized world wept over 9/11.

The ASPCA Remembers That Devastating Unprovoked Attack 10 Years Later

While the fire department, the police department, the Red Cross, and the National Guard mobilized to rescue human beings trapped in the rubble of what once were the twin towers, many of them perishing in the rubble themselves, the ASPCA staff and volunteers mobilized to rescue orphaned companion animals in Lower Manhattan. The ASPCA set up two mobile Veterinarian units to provide medical care for thousands of lost and injured companion animals. The ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Agents worked diligently around the clock to reunite rescued animals with loving pet parents.

Even Dr. Larry Hawk, the president and CEO of the ASPCA at the time, pitched in to help the distressed animals. That says a fantastic deal about the man because his sister was a flight attendant on the doomed American Airlines Flight 11.

America Pitches in to Help the Needy Animals

In the days following the devastating attack on the twin towers and the Pentagon, American flocked to help the companion animal survivors as well as the human survivors. People seeking to volunteer with the ASPCA rose from 60 to 80 applicants per month to over 5,000. More than 100 organization shipped food, supplies, and funds to the ASPCA specifically earmarked to help the animal victims of 9/11 which testifies to how much Americans love their furry companions.

The Spirit Lives on Ten Years Later

I see it every day here in Colorado Springs and in the Mile High City of Denver—people reaching out to those in need, animals and human beings alike. Nowhere have seen so many people reach out there hands in friendship and love to homeless people and homeless alike. Oh, I am sure that there are many other cities like my Colorado Spring and the big city of Denver all across America, but I live here and I am proud that I do.

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