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9/11 Boatlift!

September 11, 2020

Narrated by Tom Hanks

Today marks 19 years since 9/11. I’m sure that many of you remember exactly where you were on September 11, 2001 when our country was attacked and many Americans lost their lives. There are many stories from that day but I am forever moved by the community of boat owners and captains who put others first and made a difference.


The epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. The American spirit and resilience is shown in “Boatlift”, narrated by Tom Hanks. I had no idea that the 9/11 boat evacuation was larger than the evacuation at Dunkirk during World War Two and they completed it so fast. Everyone who participated in the search and rescue operation on 9/11 and the days after is a true hero. Never Forget the lives lost on this tragic day or the heroes that emerged from it.


Boatlift Story

September 12, 2019


The date 9/11 reminds me how quickly time passes – it’s hard to believe that it’s been 18 years since that day in 2001. The reality that there aren’t any young people presently in grades PK-12 that were alive in 2001 is mind boggling. What’s our role as educators in relation to history that we lived through but was years before our current students? Hmmmm, good opportunity to pause and ask the question!

Consider using this video as a teacher resource. It’s called ‘Boatlift’ and it is the story about how people who own boats saw a need to help others on 9/11. The kindest of strangers, reaching out to take care of others in need. No hesitation, not looking to be heroes, not expecting payment, just doing it.  Because they could and they knew it was the right thing to do!

For those of us who were alive on September 11, 2001 this video provides a chance to pause and remember. Many of us were forever changed by the actions on that day.

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