September 11 flotilla commemoration

An FDNY fireboat sprays water in front of lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center while taking part in a 9/11 commemoritive flotilla in the Hudson River on September 10, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn)

BOATLIFT is An Amazing Tale of 9/11 Heroism

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September 11, 2021

As the World Trade Center buildings burned and collapsed on September 11, 2001, over a half million people were evacuated from Lower Manhattan by American merchant mariners leading a flotilla of ferries, tug boats and other vessels led in what became the largest boatlift in U.S. history. BOATLIFT – An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience, is a touching tribute to that effort.

In this 11-minute short film released on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the September 11 boatlift when the maritime community sprung into action to help their fellow citizens after the towers fell. We like to post this video every September 11th to remember and honor the role that these mariners played on that day in 2001. Never forget!

See Also: Dozens of Vessels Participate in New York Harbor Commemorative Procession to Honor 9/11 Victims

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