As you know, four airplanes were hijacked in the United States on September 11, 2001. Two of them were crashed into the World Trade Centers; one was crashed into the Pentagon; and one crashed in rural Pennsylvania. These events occurred because of the work of terrorists.
Many, many of our friends and colleagues around the world have expressed sympathy and regret. Some have asked if any of our members were killed by the attacks. Some have asked how they could help.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your prayers and the support you have given. You will read an interview of Mike Hingson in this issue of the Monitor. He was in the World Trade Center but was not injured. Insofar as I have been able to determine, none of our members were killed or injured physically. However, a number of blind people face severe economic hardship. We have been offering such help as we have, and we thank those who have joined with us in this effort.
Finally, let me assure all of you that the spirit of the Federation, like the spirit of other Americans, is alive and well. We believe in our nation, and we will work to support it. We mourn the dead and the injured, but we also plan to help in the rebuilding. We look to the future; we will help to make it what it ought to be.
Marc Maurer, President