I personally was unaware of the scope of this event until it was brought up by a retired Coast Guard officer who attends my church. From his e-mail:
"The CG Commandant mentioned this film to a couple of my CG Academy classmates at the CGA/MMA (Kings Point) football game on Saturday (CGA Bears lost in the last 7 seconds). The video tells the little-known story of the boatlift on 9/11. We all know about Dunkirk when 330k soldiers were evacuated in 9 days from France during WW2. On 9/11, almost 500k people were evacuated from Manhattan in 9 hours!! Very well put together film...only 12 minutes long but worth seeing and sending out to others. Good for the spirit..."
I agree - that is good for the spirit. Sailors of every stripe were American heroes that day. For all you knee deep sailors out there - you never shined any brighter than you did that day. God Bless you.