In about an hour, it will have been exactly 100 years since the Titanic collided with an iceberg. About 4 hours from now, it will have been exactly 100 years since over 1500 people froze to death in the North Atlantic. I ask the people of the site to offer a few moments of reflection on this night that shook the world. Think not just about the passengers and crew everyone has heard of, but the countless dead who have no public face. In particular, I am talking about the third class passengers; their dreams of a better life in the Land of Opportunity were cruelly torn from them. Think also of the stokers, the engineers, and many other brave men who perished in the bowels of the ship as they tried to delay the inevitable.
The 100th anniversary of the Titanic's death also reminds us that for all the strides passenger ships have made in safety and regulations, it remains severely lacking among several companies. Take, for example, the wreck of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Giglio. While the captain showed a staggering amount of negligence upon running his ship aground, the disaster exposed a disregard for the safety of all aboard by the company itself. Recklessness in the name of prestige and profit was the death of two beautiful ships, and we would do well never to forget that.
Our hearts go on for you, Titanic.