NU Online News Service, Sept. 14, 10:17 a.m. – We at National Underwriter wish to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to those who lost family members, friends or fellow workers in the tragedy that struck the United States last Tuesday. And our hearts go out to those families who at this writing still have no information on the whereabouts of their loved ones.

Many insurance firms had offices in the Twin Towers. Yet, for all the people who work in the industry, it is still a relatively small, closely-knit community, one based on working relationships that often transform into friendship. That being so, we all know people who worked in those buildings and are joined together in the sorrow of having lost friends.

The on the cover of this week’s issue is like a bell that tolls for so many. For the firefighters, policemen and emergency workers who were first to the scene of the tragedy and lost their lives as the first tower collapsed.

For those who showed up for work on a Tuesday morning with no reason to believe it would be any different than most other days–and whose days on this earth are now ended.

And for New York itself. For someone who was born in the city and loves it like no place else in the world, the massive attacks were like a body blow. One felt like cradling the city and understood viscerally the anguish seen in photos of weeping parents carrying their wounded children in the midst of war.

Yet, in all the chaos, how everyone pulled together!

As Garry Baumgartner, chairman and president of The National Underwriter Company, wrote to the employees of this company, “One of the tremendous qualities of this great country of ours is the solidarity of its citizens in moments of crisis?one never needs to look for help, men and women just step forward from all directions.”

It is this that is finally going to get us through this sombre time. This, and the understanding that sharing our humanity through sharing suffering is what will enable us to triumph over the senseless hate and evil that targeted this country on Sept. 11.