Mike's Message


The day our nation was attacked.

Do you remember where you were on that day?

It’s been 21 years since that fateful day, but I remember where I was. I was in the woods working when my dad came up to me and said, “We are under attack.” I even looked up into the sky at that moment.

I imagine you know where you were as well.

My first thought was, how could this happen in our country? Things like this happen in other parts of the world, but not in our country.

Later, I would watch the replay of the twin towers coming down, and I knew then that the image of them collapsing would stay with me. I’m assuming that if you saw that, the memory would stay with you as well.

I would later ponder what I saw plastered on the news. I watched people running for their lives away from the danger, but astonishingly, I saw individuals running toward the danger. Risking their lives to help rescue the people trapped inside. Many of those first responders ran to their death that day. Many who made it safely out are experiencing sickness because of the dust, fumes, and particulates in the air they were inhaling.

If you are a first responder at any level in your community, I would like to thank you personally for your service. What you do makes this world a better place for the rest of us.

Thank you!

These memories are a great reminder for all of us. Currently, our world today is being attacked by division and hate. At every turn, there are reasons to be angry.

We need to stop and think about what the brave people did that day 21 years ago. Use the memories we have to unite us rather than divide us.

There is an organization called “pay it forward 9.11” They ask us to do three good deeds to honor the lives lost that day. When you do something nice for someone, just simply ask them to pay it forward and watch the ripple effect.

Try it and see if you can help to make this world a little better place.

God Bless, Mike.

Mike Newton is the President of the Montana Logging Association.

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