SEPTEMBER 11, 2006 – Five years ago America changed. Today marks the 5th anniversary of the September 11th attacks which took the lives of nearly 3,000 people including two members of the Machinist family. Across the country and at the sites of destruction in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, ceremonies honoring the fallen and the heroes of 9/11 are taking place today.
On that fateful day, it didn’t matter where you worked or what union you belonged to. Immediately, thousands of labor members from every corner of the nation descended on the scarred cities to lend a hand.
Five years later, first responders and thousands of volunteers who helped in what’s called “the greatest rescue mission in the history of the world” are still suffering. According to reports recently released by the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York, many of these men and women are sick from the harsh environmental conditions found at these sites in the days and months following the attacks.
Soon after 9/11, the IAM put together “Everyday Heroes,” a documentary about the labor members who answered the call to help. Proceeds from this video when to help treat those who worked at Ground Zero. The video can be found on our website at www.goiam.org.