However, not everyone remembers the other attacks launched just a week later when someone mailed anthrax-laced letters to two U.S. Senators and members of the news media. The spores contaminated other letters in the mailbox in which they had been posted, sickening many and killing five people.
The world was out of kilter. Life as we knew it would never be the same. Even something as innocuous as the mail became suspect.
In December 2001 the U.S. Post Office ran a remarkable ad. It transformed the men and women who sorted and delivered the mail from ordinary people to heroic individuals who persevered no matter what. They had been delivering American mail for more than 200 years, and no one was was going to stop them.
That one-minute commercial made me feel part of a greater whole, and I stood a little taller. Do you remember it?
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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.