As many of you may know, the next Monday will be the 15th anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson. Every anniversary is special, but the ones that end in a “five” get more attention, and this one is especially special for me as it will be the 15th anniversary of the miracle, which happened at roughly 15:27pm as I was sitting in seat 15A on US Airways 1549.
After I completed an interview that started three weeks ago at the Intrepid Museum where US Airways 1549 went into the Hudson River and finished at the current residence of the plane in Charlotte, NC. As the interviewer escorted me out of the building, she asked me what I was doing on the anniversary.
I told her that I am honored and humbled to be a part of an event next Monday, 1/15/24, in New York City to remember what happened on 1/15/09 and celebrate the heroes of that day, the first responders and other organizations that contributed to the miracle and I told her why it is important for me to be a part of this celebration and event.
When the Canadian Geese hit and knocked out the engines, the right crew was on the plane that day. The crew did what they had to do to give all 155 people on the plane that day a chance. One thing I have learned throughout my life, especially when I participated in athletics and now swim with our Special Operations and Navy SEALS, is that
If you have a chance, you have everything you need.
I shared with her one thing I learned years ago that played out on 1/15/09 and why it is important for me to be a part of this event;
Individuals win Races, but Teams win Titles.
You had a crew, passengers, and first responders who did not know each other or care about each other come together as a team with the unspoken mission of that day; “no one dies today,” and after the crew got the plane into the Hudson River, the first responders and others helped make “chance” into a reality.
It is a huge adjustment for most people, especially on a plane, who are used to functioning as individuals to turn that mentality into a team mentality. We all succeeded that day because of our togetherness, getting everyone on the same page in a matter of moments and pushing forward together.
It wasn’t about “me”. It was about how all parties came together to be better together.
We celebrate the first responders, healthcare professionals, Red Cross and military heroes because they not only gave us all a chance to celebrate together on this 15th anniversary but every moment of every day.
January 15, 2024, will be a very special and emotional experience. Our goal is for each of the first responding and military units, healthcare professionals, and support groups such as the American Red Cross to be represented to share a little about their experience from that day so we can honor and thank them for what they did that day and every day.
If you look back at January 15, 2009, there wasn’t much positivity in the United States. We were in the middle of a middling recession, had just gone through a heated election, and people were living with FUD ( fear, uncertainty, and doubt).
Then, in a matter of moments, a miracle arises out of a potential tragedy, revealing the strategy for overcoming FUD.
- A positive perception on how when people come together as a team, anything is possible
- Your dreams can turn into miracles.
- When you give of yourself unconditionally, miracles happen
- Forgiveness is key because This Too Shall Pass.
Monday, January 15, 2024, will be a day of gratitude to those whose lives are to serve. If you will be in the New York City area next week and would like to thank and celebrate our first responder, military, healthcare, and Red Cross heroes, please let us know and remember that,
You can create opportunity out of uncertainty when you understand that if you have a chance, you have everything you need. Keep a positive perception of your situation, remember to dream big dreams, give of yourself unconditionally and forgive and you will be on the runway to
Creating your own flight plan for your future.
Thank you to the NY Waterway, US Coast Guard, NJ and NY law enforcement, NJ and NY firefighters, NJ and NY EMTs, the hospitals who served, the 911 operators, and the American Red Cross. I am honored and humbled to be with you. Thank you for a job well done and for giving all 155 of us another chance.