Post Office: Standing Tall

post_officeThe 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon transformed America. No one who watched those events unfold will forget that day or the fear and sense of vulnerability that descended.

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?

(Here’s the link if your browser does not display the embedded ad.)

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.


3 thoughts on “Post Office: Standing Tall

  1. Jeanne Lambson says:

    I like the ad. I am a bit disappointed in the postal service these days as they have lost not one but TWO of my 3rd class / book rate packages I sent to two of my daughters. In each package was a family photo book of the year 2014 – worth about $45.00 a piece. So, I am out almost $100. Granted, I should have mailed them first class and insured them. That was my stupid mistake. But, USPS has never failed me before. Until now.

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