Editor´s note:The following is an open letter from Tony Sexton, president of the Georgia Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, typifying dealer reaction to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C.
Dear Fellow Tire Dealers:
Today's horrific incident of terrorism to the United States is the saddest day of my life. We could never imagine that this can happen to us…but it did. The huge magnitude and effect of these events and the impact will be felt for years to come. If there had been one chance to stop this chain of events, I would have gladly given my life to prevent it. However, that was not in the cards.
In every tragedy, there can be some positives. We certainly do not see any as of yet but some will come. The sad part is it may not be over. I wish we could say it is but only time will tell. As I write this note, I wipe away the tears. I feel like there has to be something we can do to help. We can. We can pray.
My stockbroker was in the last Trade Center building that was hit. I prayed his life would be spared and with God's will, he was. It took him an hour to escape from the 39th floor to get to the bottom for his exit. Ten minutes later the building collapsed. This is one of thousands of stories that will come from this. Most will not be this fortunate.
I hope that this most serious wake-up call will open everyone's eyes that we are not immune from anything. I can't wait to get home, hug my kids and wife, and tell them how much I love them.
The main purpose of this note is to pay tribute to those who have perished and to pray for those families that this huge tragedy has affected. In times like this, I am so thankful to know there is a God and that He can heal. As we sit down for dinner tonight, we will pray for the lost lives, lost businesses, and the families that have been affected. I have also reaffirmed my faith with Jesus Christ knowing he is the only way to get through this terrible tragedy.
Let's pray together for our Country in the following months that the right decisions will be made as we react to this terrible tragedy.