When I wrote my last post, 2013 ~ A year in review, I had intended today's post to be a follow up. However while thinking about the content for this one, I've decided to forego that and as a result, I have edited the original post, which if you missed it, can be read here (it will open in a new tab when clicked, like all other links on the blog).
Instead, I've decided that this post will not really be a look back, but rather a look forward, so I'm adding this to the Monday Musings series, a belated posting. If you'd like to you can take a look at all the other posts in the series, please do so.
Just before writing this post, I was reminded of a heroic act that happened five years ago today. On January 15, 2009, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, brought US Airways flight 1549 down safely in the freezing Hudson River in New York. All 155 people on board survived. Sully's speed of thought and composure following the bird strike just after takeoff, was quite rightly termed "Miracle on the Hudson".
It hardly seems possible that five years have passed since that day. I'm sure that everyone associated with that short lived flight will, forever be thankful that it was Sully flying their airplane that day. I wasn't even on the flight, nor associated in anyway with it, but that doesn't stop ME being thankful for his actions.
In bringing this post to a close, I want to thank not only our military and our emergency services, who themselves helped ensure no lives were lost that day, but also all in public service roles, the pilots and all who, by doing their job, help keep us safe.