Editor’s Note: This post was originally put up on September 5th, 2011, and it is our small way to help the lacrosse community to “never forget”. We will bring it back up every September 11th to serve as a reminder that even in tragedy, there can be triumph.
If you don’t watch Outside The Lines on ESPN, you may have missed a special segment they recently aired titled “The Man In The Red Bandana“. If you did happen to miss it and you’re a lacrosse fan, or just a fan of humanity, the video below is something you need to see.
The memories will never fade, and the scars that 9-11 left us with may never truly heal, but stories like this remind us all that there is a lot of good in the world still, and that this goodwill of men can pop up when things look darkest. It exists in the people right next to you, even if they don’t show it all the time. All it takes is the right person, in the right place, at the wrong time.
Welles Crowther was a former BC lacrosse player from Nyack, NY, working in the World Trade Center on September 11th. Welles was put in an extraordinary situation, and reacted with the heroism we all hope we possess somewhere inside. His example gives us all something to live by, and to shoot for. It’s an amazing and true story; one this writer will never forget.
Remember Welles’s story. Pray that another situation like 9/11 will never occur. And believe, above all else, that you would react in a similar fashion. We will never forget Welles Crowther, or how he chose to spend his last hour on Earth.