Three years ago, I wrote about my desire to learn the names of those who died on September 11th. Every year, I read biographies and look at pictures – they are not forgotten. I am reposting what I wrote from 2012, and I’m including the names to the friends and loved ones people left in the comments, plus two pictures I took at the 9/11 memorial last year. I would love to continue adding names, so if you have a person you’d like to share, please let me know by comment or email. Sending love and light to everyone today.
September 11, 2012
A few nights ago I was flipping through the channels on my TV and came across a special on September 11th. After that one ended, another came on, and then another, and over the last few days I haven’t stopped watching. As I sat on the couch sobbing my way through another documentary, Mike gently suggested that I change the channel. But I couldn’t.
I feel a deep responsibility to watch and read everything I can about the people who died on September 11th. I want to listen to their stories. I want to hear about how some of them sacrificed themselves to save co-workers and strangers. I want to hear about the man who loved his job, and the woman who happened to be there for a meeting. With each new show I watch, I see new faces and learn new names.
Someday Annie is going to learn about September 11th. I know inevitably she will learn the name of the organization that orchestrated the attacks, and she’ll probably learn the names of some of the people responsible. I want to be able to tell her the names of the people I’ve learned about. I want her to know and remember the names of victims as easily as the rest of us remember the names of the men who killed them.
I know what it’s like to want the world to remember someone. I want Madeline and Jackie to be spoken about for many decades. I want their lives to mean something to people beyond their immediate families and friends. I am sometimes overwhelmed with the need to fill a person’s ears and eyes with the essence of the person I lost.
If I want that so desperately for my own, I have to do it for others, too. So when I watch these programs, I learn new names. I memorize them and search them on the internet. I read about someone’s child, spouse, father, mother, friend. I cry for them, mourn for them, and promise to never forget them.
We also remember:
Chuck and Marty
Christine Lee Hanson
Michael Grady Jacobs
Jamie Lynn Fallon
Neilie Heffernan Casey
Ingeborg A. D. Lariby, Anthony Portillo, Tatiana Ryjova, Theodoros Pigis, Vanessa Lang Langer and Her Unborn Child, Paul Lisson, Margaret Ruth Echtermann, Richard Al Penny, Rochelle Monique Snell, Edwin J. Zambrana, Jr.