It was hard to go far in New York today without seeing, or feeling, reminders of 9/11. A short lunchtime walk in Midtown confirmed that. Outside our office building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, a crowd stood as members of the New York Police Department band played a medley of patriotic songs, their enthusiasm invoking the perseverance of a city and its people.
During a pause, the sound of bagpipes drifted over from outside St. Patrick's Cathedral half a block away, where a 9/11 service had just ended. The day was clear and bright, just like on that day five years ago.
I was reminded of something else that happened in this city on 9/11 and especially the days that followed. New York became an especially kind and civil place, as friends and colleagues and even strangers looked after one another. The city might have been showing
New York City firefighters from the 3rd Battalion attend
a Mass Monday at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.
(AP Photo/Shiho Fukada)
a little of that again today as the pace of things seemed a bit slower, a bit more gentle. Over at Park Avenue and 51st Street, a fire truck from Engine Company 65 was parked on the corner, the firefighters inside pausing for a few minutes and looking out at the pedestrian traffic. As I passed by, one of them nodded. I nodded back, feeling proud.