On a crisp, sun-drenched September morning sixteen years after another pristine day was forever stained by the most painful attack in American history, hundreds gathered on the grounds of the new CSC headquarters near Greenville to remember and sanctify that fateful day but also to celebrate remarkable good fortune and a promise-filled future.
Company leaders, employees and state dignitaries joined to dedicate “The Delaware Root,” a sculpture by Philadelphia-area artist Steve Tobin that pays homage to both the 100 CSC employees who safely escaped the south Twin Tower in New York City on 9-11, but also to the company’s 118 year Delaware heritage, a story beginning anew in their state-of-the-art 17 acre campus off Lancaster Pike.
CSC CEO Rod Ward reflected on the company’s unique connection to 9-11, recognizing 47 of the company employees in attendance who survived the terrorist attacks sixteen years before.
“Today is a momentous day and an important event in the history of CSC. We are very proud of our past, knowing that our 118 years as a company include powerful events like those that occurred on September 11th,” said Ward. “However, we are going to use 9-11 as part of the foundation of this company, which is to do better and greater things. That’s why, looking back, 9-11 is such an important part of CSC’s history, and our future as well.”
Company chairman Bruce Winn was CEO in 2001, and he recalled the immense fear and concern over his colleagues’ safety and the shock and relief the following day when it was confirmed that every one of the CSC employees in the World Trade Center was alive and accounted for.
“It is a testament to our leaders in New York City who got everyone out. None of us obeyed the warnings to go back to the office. I think it is truly miraculous that every single person in our company was safe,” said Winn.
United States Senator Chris Coons remarked on the paradoxes of the beautiful morning, that it was both “a joyous and beautiful day” but also “a somber and difficult day. What a day to reflect on the combination of those emotions.”
“Days like today are critical reminders to never forget those we lost, to never stop saying thank you to the men and women of our armed forces, our intelligence community, our first responders, who struggle to keep us safe and to stand for the ideals that make our nation worth fighting for.”
Pointing to the sculpture as a symbol of “love and peace and sticking together,” Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester remarked that new beginnings continual sprout from even the worst of tragedies. “A dark cloud,” said Rochester, “does not put out the sun.”