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Posted: 9/14/2015 4:29:49 PM

By Lisa Yaconiello

We are changing the tone of our blog this week, as we commemorate the tragic anniversary of September 11. 

Out of unfathomable tragedy often comes hope and giving back. Charity Day is evidence of that. For the past six years, the Intrepid Museum has been invited to participate in BGC Charity Day. On Charity Day, BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald distribute 100% of global revenues to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. Grants are then distributed to hundreds of charities worldwide. Charity Day, which started in tribute to the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald and 61 Euro Brokers employees lost in the World Trade Center attacks, has raised approximately $113 million globally since its inception. This year I had the pleasure of escorting former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, now our senior advisor for space programs, and former NASA astronaut and mission commander Scott Altman through two trading floors downtown.

My route from my apartment to BGC that morning took me down the West Side Highway, where dozens of people stood waving American flags and holding signs that read “God Bless America.” It’s amazing that 14 years later people are still displaying such patriotism, just as they did in the days that followed that tragedy. My route also took me by the World Trade Center site, where families and loved ones were starting to gather for the ceremony. Dozens of news trucks, anchors and cameramen surrounded the area. It was impossible to drive by there on that day and not look up at the beautiful new building and down at the reflecting pools where the buildings once stood and pause for a moment of reflection.
At BGC, traders joyfully welcomed Mike and Scott with open arms and asked them questions about being in space, going to the bathroom in space (!), going to Mars and flying with Tom Cruise (Scott did all the stunts in the F-14 fighter jet for the character Maverick in Top Gun!). Mike and Scott participated in live trades, which they really enjoyed, but more importantly, their presence lifted the spirits of so many employees on such a solemn day. Almost two hours later, after rubbing elbows with Henrik Lundqvist, Bridget Moynahan, Bobby Valentine and others, we left with smiles on our faces and the certainty that as long as we live, we will never forget.