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A Letter from our CEO on remembering 9-11

A Letter from our CEO on remembering 9-11

Every year on 9/11 Berkshire Grey’s CEO shares a letter internally with the entire team. This year we asked if we could share his letter with a larger audience. Here is Tom’s letter from this morning. 


Today is 9/11.

Please pause for a moment and reflect.

On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes and successfully deployed three of them as weapons against the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  The fourth, flight 93, was bound for the capital and was brought down by the heroic acts of the passengers on board.  As a result of these terrorists’ actions, approximately 3,000 people were killed and many more wounded.

It is a day that we should not forget as time passes.  We should not forget the lives lost and lives taken nor should we forget the many acts of heroism that occurred as we struggled through the event (and after).

I will leave it to you to decide exactly what the remembrance means to you.  However, I would suggest that the event evoke some response within you.  It is not just a note on a calendar, is an event to recall and an event to feel.

For me, I think about the events of the day and those impacted directly.  I also give thanks that we continue to live in a country where fundamental rights are protected and supported, where the prospects for my children are generally positive in the same fashion that my prospects were generally positive, and where we can have the luxury of working very hard to create monetizable impact with technology rather than fighting for (what we consider to be) basic rights.   We can probably agree that, as a country, we have a few items to work on and improve.  However, irrespective of any such items, 9/11 was an attack on all of us.  I’m glad I live in the United States, proud of our country, and thankful for all that we have.

There are obviously better articulations of the events of 9/11 and better articulations of what the event might mean to you.  If you are so inclined, I would encourage you to take a few moments and seek these out and/or reflect.


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