Industry Focus

A chance to reflect

It's 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 11 as I write this, and, frankly, it is difficult to concentrate. The blue skies in the Chicagoland area are conspicuously quiet, and my commute to work was dismal. In nearly every car, people looked sad; some were crying.

It is challenging during this time to find something to think about other than those who lost their lives one year ago. But there are many people of whom we can be proud, families for whom we can be hopeful and days for which we have reasons to smile.

And when remembering the agony of Sept. 11, 2001, you as a roofing professional can be proud to be part of an industry that has accomplished so much for its country.

As you probably are aware, NRCA helped raise money for the American Red Cross and organized the reroofing of portions of the Pentagon's roof system that were damaged. The NRCA Pentagon Project story has been told by roofing industry publications, association publications and the national media. And the industry earned an additional honor this Sept. 11.