Tuesday, August 30, 2016

All's Welles

Annually for the past several years I have devoted approximately thirty percent of this space to telling the stories of the men and women who died on September 11, 2001 and the families who have mourned them for the past decade and a half.  As a general rule, I try not to tell the same story twice. There are simply too many to tell.  Too many that need to be told. 

Slightly less than two years ago, the story that was told in this space was that of an extraordinary young man named Welles Crowther, who - if there is any justice - shall for eternity be known as "The Man with the Red Bandanna".  

We return to his story in this space this morning because next Tuesday, Tom Rinaldi's book about Welles Crowther and how heroically he spent the final hour or two of his life is being released.  An excerpt of Rinaldi's book, "The Red Bandanna.  A Life.  A Legacy.  A Choice"  appeared in yesterday's New York Post.  I would submit that the few minutes you spend reading it just might be the best few minutes of your day.

And considering how he spent the final few minutes of what proved to be the final morning of his life, for you and me it is an exceptionally easy lift. 


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