On the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, we want to take the time to remember and honor the fallen and too reflect on the heroic efforts of so many Americans. This remains the most catastrophic tragedy in our nation’s history.
Too often we watch the news and contemplate the demise of our society. Today is a great day to do something about that. Perform an act of kindness as a tribute to the greatest nation in the world.
We hope these powerful quotes will help you remember and reflect with us.
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
—Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pa., in 2002
“My older brother John lived [his life] in Technicolor. … When he walked in the door, the whole house lit up. And I’m sure heaven lit up when he got there too.”
—Anthoula Katsimatides at the World Trade Center site in 2005
“Five years from the date of the attack that changed our world, we’ve come back to remember the valor of those we lost—those who innocently went to work that day and the brave souls who went in after them. We have also come to be ever mindful of the courage of those who grieve for them, and the light that still lives in their hearts.”
—New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani at the World Trade Center site in 2006
“One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.”
—President George W. Bush at the Pentagon in 2008
“My father, Norberto, was a pastry chef at Windows on the World in Tower One. For 10 years, he made many fancy and famous desserts, but the sweetest dessert he made was the marble cake he made for us at home. … Whenever we parted, Poppi would say, ‘Te amo. Vaya con Dios.’ And this morning, I want to say the same thing to you, Poppi. I love you. Go with God.”
—Catherine Hernandez at the World Trade Center site in 2008
“With almost no time to decide, [your loved ones] gave the entire country an incalculable gift. They saved the Capitol from attack. They saved God knows how many lives. They saved the terrorists from claiming the symbolic victory of smashing the center of American government. … They allowed us to survive as a country that could fight terror and still maintain liberty and still welcome people from all over the world from every religion and race and culture as long as they shared our values, because ordinary people given no time at all to decide did the right thing.”
—President Bill Clinton in Shanksville, Pa., in 2011
“America’s poet laureate, Billy Collins, wrote a poem he called ‘The Names’ about the 2,792 who perished that day. Here are its closing lines:
Names etched on
the head of a pin.
One name spanning
a bridge, another
undergoing a tunnel.
A blue name needled
into the skin.
Names of citizens,
daughter, the quick son.
Alphabet of names in
a green field.
Names in the small tracks of birds.
Names lifted from a hat
Or balanced on
the tip of the tongue.
into the dim warehouse
So many names, there
is barely room on
the walls of the heart.”
—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the World Trade Center site in 2003
With August already here, we are well into the summer and getting close to fall. Kids have been enjoying their time off of school, families have been traveling, and we’ve all been enjoying summer barbeques filled with delicious meats and lots of fresh produce. Let us remember during this time of year that farmers are working sun up to sun down, harvesting all of the great produce that gets delivered to our local stores and served on our tables. Starting in August and continuing until the weather cools, you will see regional “homegrown” produce in your local grocers. Truck capacity gets tight during the summer with such an increase in volume of produce and many drivers taking vacation to enjoy some rare uninterrupted time with their families. Truckload rates can make quite a jump during this season!
In the Midwest region, vegetables are flourishing and trucks are lining up to load product straight from the fields so we can all enjoy fresh local goods! Zucchini, squash, bell peppers, corn, cucumbers, eggplant and juicy watermelons are all hot commodities during this time of year. In addition to the abundant product right here in Iowa, we are also bringing in produce from all over the Midwest- Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri and Arkansas!
Most people throughout the country associate the Midwest region with farming, and it’s something we can all be proud of. In Iowa alone, there are over 80,000 farms and 30 million acres operated. So the next time you sit down to your family BBQ, take a moment to think about the farmers working long days and the truckers driving long hours to get this fresh produce to our homes throughout the country.
Justice prevails against a motor carrier who was a habitual double-broker. Dragan Simovski, Operator, Freedom Transportation, Inc., was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Chicago, Illinois, to 36 months incarceration, 36 months supervised release, and was ordered to pay $532,000 restitution in connection with an illegal double-brokering scheme. Simovski pleaded guilty on December 12, 2014, to wire fraud in connection with the scheme.
Simovski admitted that he and other individuals were involved in a fraudulent double brokering scheme, where they falsely represented that Freedom Transportation would use its own trucks to transport freight, knowing that Freedom had no trucks. As part of the scheme, Simovski would enter into contracts with companies on behalf of Freedom, promising to transport freight for those companies. Simovski provided information about the freight loads to a co-conspirator broker knowing that the broker would find other companies to transport and deliver the freight.
Simovski and his co-conspirator agreed that Freedom would bill the customers as if they had kept and performed the jobs, knowing that in many instances, they would not pay the companies that actually did the work. The loss to the companies that actually delivered the freight is approximately $532,000.
Des Moines Truck Brokers utilizes an exclusive carrier qualification process which includes a step called TIA Watchdog, a reporting system for unethical activities within the supply chain. TIA members filed four separate reports against Freedom Transportation for unauthorized re-brokering of shipment. A simple search by your DMTB Account Manager in Watchdog can save you money and headaches.
DMTB applauds the U.S. District Court of Illinois and the United Postal Inspection Service, who assisted in the investigation. TIA has been a leader in eradicating illegal double-brokering from the industry, and worked with other industry leading associations and Congress to put stronger penalties and regulations in place to protect legitimate brokers and shippers.
April is National Distracted Driving Month. Every year, thousands of people are killed in crashes related to distractions.
There are three main types of distraction that affect human capability whether you are talking with a friend, walking to class or driving down the street. A person’s best focus comes into play when they are manually engaged (doing something with your hands or feet) visually engaged (looking at what you’re doing) and cognitively engaged (focusing your mind). Think about it for a second can you play soccer well if you are not looking at what you’re doing on the field? Can you use a saw in shop class safely if you don’t have both hands engaged? Why do you think fans in the crowd holler when the opposing team goes up for a free-throw?
Distractions are everywhere, but one of the most dangerous places to be distracted is in the car. We can all think of examples of distracted driving. Things like eating, drinking, using a cellphone, talking to passengers, using a GPS, adjusting the radio or even day dreaming are all considered driving distractions. Since sending a text requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
• Nearly 1 in 4 crashes involves a distracted driver. (National Safety Council)
• At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has steadily increased since 2010.
• One study found that the odds of a crash or near-crash in newly licensed teen drivers was more than 8 times greater when dialing a cell phone. (SAFE KIDS)
• Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
Isn’t it time we all Get our heads out of our Apps? Yes, this is tongue in cheek but please help eliminate distracted driving by keeping our eyes and minds on the road.
Be safe out there,