NU Online News Service, Sept. 12, 5:45 p.m. — Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., New York, and Aon Corp., Chicago, marked Sept. 11 with quiet tributes to hundreds of colleagues lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on four passenger jets, the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York.
Many other insurers and insurance brokerage firms also suffered casualties, but the attacks were especially devastating for Marsh and Aon. The attacks killed 295 Marsh employees and 175 Aon employees.
“One year ago today was the worst day in our company’s history,” Marsh Chairman Jeffrey Greenberg said in a statement. “We are open for business on this dreadful anniversary, but as you know it is certainly not business as usual.”
Marsh brought in counselors for employees who decided to work, and it put television sets in place for employees who wanted to watch the local and national commemorations.
Greenberg said Marsh will erect a granite, bronze and glass memorial engraved with the signature of each of the 295 employees lost in the plaza next to the company’s headquarters. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.