By Lou Myers, The Ancient Brit
(See Editor's Note)
Please forgive me for not having replied to the many, many e-mail's sent to my wife and I, to say that the last few days have been a rollercoaster would be the least that we can say.
As you are aware, on Wednesday [July 6, 2005] we were given the honour of holding the 2012 Olympic Games in London, that night there was great celebrations in the old town.
Thursday morning, and we know what happened in my town, you will of course have read and seen the pictures that were coming out on this dreadful happening, the bombing of the bus happened just half a mile from my home, the Underground Stations are all in close proximity.
There have been very few times that I have had the opportunity of feeling a special warmth and pride for my HOME TOWN, Thursday I realised that the ordinary people of London along with the youth of this town shared the same common bond that my generation felt in the 2nd WW.
There was no panic, the Emergency Services along with the Metropolitan Police, acted in a firm but controlled way, people going to work stopped to assist injured people, the injured helped other more seriously injured. the spirit of the BLITZ (2WW) prevailed, and all of a sudden we were a United London Town, resolute and proud.
I would like you to see the message sent to us by the Ex-Mayor of The City of New York, Mr Rudi Giuliani.
Sir, My heart goes out to the brave people of London affected by the terrorist bombing in the city. I cannot help but be reminded of the events in New York on September 11th, 2001.
I was near Liverpool Street Station when I was notified of the first bomb going off and it was eerie once again to be in the area of an attack on a great city. I heard the sirens rushing throughout the city and, from what i could see, your emergency services seem to have responded very quickly and mobilised to minimise the damage.
It is clear that their rapid response helped to contain the emotional reaction, as Londoners saw the situation being brought under control.
Great Britain was there for us on September 11th, 2001, and you should know that the United States supports you in your time of need.
New Yorkers feel particular empathy, just as Londoners showed empathy to New York. In fact, I've mentioned many times that in the wake of the attacks of September 11th, I viewed the people of London during the air attacks of the 2nd WW as a model for how to remain courageous and strong during times of great trouble.
After September 11th, the good people of Great Britain showed enormous support and empathy to Americans. Prime Minister Blair came to comfort and assist people.
Of course, Great Britain lost many people in the September 11th attacks as well, which reminds us that the citizens of the free nations are linked in the modern world. Prime Minister Blair's visit and the support my city received from Great Britain demonstrate that we stand together in opposing those who use terror to attack freedom and democracy. These are dastardly, cowardly acts and the best way to deal with them is to stand up to them.
RUDI GIULIANI, New York.
That letter and those words mean more to us as Londoners than any riches could ever do, it shows to me that the 55 year that I have been travelling to and in the United States were not without there rewards, I as an Englishman have always had a very special place in my heart for you people, and I do today feel as one with you.
Lots of you have sought my views on the perpetrators of these cowardly actions, I am not as eloquent as Mr Giuliani, my feelings to these people are simple.
My thanks to all of you, what a very special world I live in and what a wonderful group of people runners are.
Believe me, I love you all with an intensity.
Lou Myers, The Ancient Brit.
Lou Myers (right) receives a special award honoring his support from Scott Mills at the 2000 Bull Run Run 50 Miler
Editor's note: Lou Myers, the "Ancient Brit," sent the message above, asking that it be passed out to the members of the VHTRC, as well as other U.S. running clubs that he has a connection to. Lou has run many events with American runners including participation in the Bull Run Run. On September 11, 2001, Lou sent the following to the VHTRC listserv:
To you all either in the running club or in America, from an Englishman that went through the 2nd WW and witnessed devastation on a global scale, the thoughts, prayers and tears of the people of my country go out to you, my heart is so full of sadness and grief, God bless you all.