9/11/01: A Day We will Never Forget
In honour of the 2996 innocent lives lost that day.
Before 9/11 the only view I had of the New York City skyline was from the top floor of my home in New Jersey. On any day I could look out the window and see the upper 30 floors of the World Trade Center.
When both buildings disappeared from view that horrible morning, it was as if all of New York City descended into oblivion. Now it happens that I have never seen anyone die. Sure, I've seen videos of car accidents and train wrecks, but I've never actually seen in real time in the real world anyone die - until 9/11.
When the first tower collapsed I said to myself, "Oh my god, those poor people." I did not know a single person who died that day. Until now.
The 2,996 project is a tribute to the victims of 9/11. On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers will display their posts each assigned to write a tribute to a victim of 9/11. This page pays honour to the innocent victims who lost their lives on this tragic day in American history. It was my personal honor to be assigned Terence E. Adderley, a young man of 22 originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Ted, as his family called him, was working for Fred Alger Management on the 93rd floor of World Trade Center North on September 11th. His family last heard from him by email about 4 minutes before the first airplane hit the North Tower.
His family said Ted was very happy. He had his dream job, he had wonderful friends, he was living in his favorite city and he knew he could succeed at anything he tried. I wanted to call his family to find out more about Ted but each time I prepared to do so a wave of uncontrollable sadness overcame me. The horror of that day kept filling my mind. I knew I would be unable to ask his parents about Ted's childhood without breaking down. It was as if Ted were my own son lost that day. What could I say to them? What must they feel every single day without him? And how devastated must it be like in their home every 9/11?
So then my tribute, my memorial to Teddy is to write about the life he could have had. How some of his dreams and hopes might have come to pass if September 11th were just any other ordinary, happy day in America:
The Life Terrence E Adderley could have had:
October 2004: While shopping for a birthday card for his sister Elizabeth, Ted meets his future wife, Allison who works as a fashion designer for an online web company.
June 2005: Ted and Allison marry. The Wedding is filled with many of Ted's friends, some of his Fraternity brothers from College, and of course, his family. Ted and Allison move into a newly built condo on Hudson Street only a ten minute walk from the WTC.
July 2007: Ted is a rising star in the New York financial world. Fred Alger starts a new Health Sciences Information Technology Mutual Fund and names Ted as a Vice President of the new fund. At 27 Ted is one of the youngest VP's at the firm.
August 2009: Allison gives birth to a bouncing William Adderley, named after Ted's grandfather.
January 2021: Ted is named a managing director at Fred Alger. Ted and his wife move into a beautiful home in the Hamptons.
June 2030: William Adderley graduates from Princeton with a degree in Molecular Biology. He plans on post-graduate work. Ted could not be prouder of his son.
May 2041: Ted is extremely successful and happy in his life. He has a loving wife, a beautiful home, a talented and adoring son. Life could not be any better.
Time passes and we come to Christmas day many, many years from now. Ted has his grand-daughter on his knee, his son William is opening presents, his wife taking turkey from the oven, friends and family around the table. A life lived as an American.
Then that moment finally comes to Ted when it must come for all of us, and we can only pray that we will be as happy and fulfilled in our lives as he was in his.
I am an atheist but on every 9/11 from the deepest part of my heart I say may all the souls who died that day rest in peace and may God Bless America.
I was usually in the WTC three or four times a week in the mornings. I could have easily been sitting across from Terrence during breakfast or grabbing a coffee or even bumped into him in the concourse. When I can distance myself a bit more from that day, I will try to contact Ted's family and update his biography. I am ashamed I do not have the strength to speak to them now.
The 2,996 souls lost that day are now connected to the 2,996 bloggers who have adopted them as new sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, mothers and fathers. They were not alone when they died, they are not alone now.
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If you've forgotten what it looked like that day:
woman honor thyself - N.Y. MemorieS, December 2001 - Excerpt:
It’s been an emotionally wrenching job as well as a long , long one for many of them. Most are working 12 hour shifts which have just recently been reduced from 16 or even 18 hours.
Standing on Ground Zero, the Twin Towers are so devastatingly conspicuous by their absence. Your soul just wants to cry out when you witness it….and yet the workers must concentrate on the task at hand; they have to gain mastery over their thoughts with this haunting vision of mangled steel, ruin and smoke before their eyes.
Many seem to be carefully arranging their facial features to hide their emotions as they stand before this dilapidated edifice. Some look at me and wear a sweet, unconcerned smile, which never belies the turbulence in their hearts.
rottweiler puppy - 9/11: So Where Were You?, Excerpt: All we do remember is that he was running toward the second tower in the minutes between the plane hitting it and its collapse. That, and the fact the guy knew he was about to die. There are no words that can describe that kind of courage, that kind of self-sacrifice.
Stop the ACLU has some links.
You can view the entire list of contributors to the 2,996 Project here.
A great source of 9/11 links: A Lady's Ruminations
those bastards has a 9/11 video
Here are tributes that I have personally visited and read and left comments on: (Although there are a few with no comment entry form).
Michael Rourke Andrews
Paul Vincent Barbaro
Stephen E Belson
In Memory of Christopher M. Colastani
Brian Thomas Cummins
JEFFREY B. GARDNER
Jose "Bien" Bienvenido Gomez
Todd Russell Hill
Kenneth Joseph Marino
Manuel Emilio Mejia
Nancy Yuen Ngo
John F. Puckett
Remembering Kenneth Tietjen
Lt. Michael P. Warchola
A Blog for All: I Remember Donna Bernaerts-Kearns WTC
A Cup of Coffey: Dinah Webster: A Tribute WTC
A Lady's Ruminations : I Will Remember Betty Ann Ong American Airlines, Flight 11.
A Little Lagniappe: David P. Kovalcin Flight 11
A Panic Blog: Joseph Lostrangio WTC
A Woman Seeking Grace: Alicia Acevedo Carranza WTC
Alabama Liberation Front: Wanda Ivelisse Prince WTC
Aliens in This World: Brian E. Martineau WTC
Anchored by Grace: Benilda Pascua Domingo WTC
Ardice: Remembering Paul J. Battaglia WTC
A tic in the mind's eye: 9/11 Tribute to Kenneth Grouzalis WTC
Beach Bitch: Juan Nieves WTC
Big Dog's Weblog: William R Ruth Pentagon
Blonde Sagacity: Lorraine Bay Flight 93
Carolyn's Random Thoughts: Peter T. Milano WTC
Case Notes from the Artsy Aylum: Remembering 911 Victim Katie McCloskey WTC
Cathy's Rants and Ramblin's: Adam K. Ruhalter WTC
Christina's Shoebox: Captain Timoty Stackpole WTC
Claudia Suzette Sutton: Claudia Suzette Sutton WTC
Common Folk using common sense: Sandra Conaty Brace WTC
Condition Orange: Colleen Supinski WTC
Deb's Dilemmas: Marina R. Gertsberg WTC
Elmer's Brother: Patricia Cody WTC
Emergiblog: Brenda C. Gibson Pentagon
Flopping Aces: 2996 - Remembering Aram Iskendarian WTC
Fluent Sap: Paul R. Nimbley WTC
Freedom, GUNZ, Glory and EBYJO: Sara Low Flight 11
GingerSnaps: Wade Brian Green WTC
Green Apple Martini's: Robert J. Mayo WTC
Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: John J. Tobin WTC
HillBilly White Trash: Frederick J. Hoffmann WTC
Holding Down The Fort: Stacey S. McGowan WTC
Home Fires: Robert J. Foti WTC
HomefrontSix: Father Mychal Judge - 00001 WTC
Hooah Wife & Friends: Debra Lynn Gibbon WTC
howlatthemoon.org: Christopher Zarba Flight 11
I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY!: Thomas J. Celic WTC
IMAO: Gregory Sikorsky WTC
In a big way: I remember Marjorie C. Salamone Pentagon
I remember 9/11: Gerald P. Fisher WTC
If I knew what I was doing I wouldn't be here: Salvatore J. Zisa WTC
In Memory: Edward Phillip York WTC
Inn of the Last Home: Rebecca Lee Koborie WTC
Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud: Mary Melendez WTC
Just Tug: Heather Malia Ho Tribute WTC
Katey's Kafe: Joao "JJ" Aguiar WTC
Libras Moonlight Musings: Norma Cruz Khan Flight 77
Lilium Inter Spinas: Eric Allen Cranford Pentagon
Live, Learn, Laugh and get Luvs: Lillian Caceres WTC
Lynda's Lullaby 2: Carl Asaro WTC
Mark Base - Helsingblog: Remembering Theresa "Ginger" Risco WTC
Married With Sammich Grabbers: Andrew B. Jordan WTC
Michelle Malkin: Giovanna Porras WTC
Miss Cellania: Robert C. McLaughlin WTC
Mother Kitty: My tribute to Cynthia Wilson, WTC Hero WTC
Motivate Me: In Memoriam: Christopher Paul Slattery, age 31 WTC
My Navy Wife Chronicles: My 2,996 tribute….John A Hofer Flight 11
PC Free Zone: Raymond M. Downey Deputy Chief NYCFD WTC
Perish the Thought: Lynn Catherine Goodchild Flight 175
Pet's Garden Blog: James Straine WTC
Pursuing Holiness: Rudy Mastrocinque WTC
Quellehisien: Vincent Abate WTC
Ramblings From a Glass Half Full: Thomas F. Swift WTC
Reflections from the Pond: Patricia McAneney WTC
Robinik: I Remember Lucia Crifasi WTC
Sanity's Bluff: Frank J. Koestner WTC
Sarah*n*dipitous - A tribute to Mr. Alan Bondarenko WTC
Scenes From a Wasted Life: Terence J. Manning WTC
Scrappyydoodah: Faina Rapoport WTC
Shaylondon's Shining Stars: Honoring James Andrew Gadiel WTC
Shoot a Liberal: Rev. Francis E. Grogan Flight 175
Simply Left Behind: Lieutenant William McGinn WTC
Sister Toldjah: 9/11 victim Peter Edward Mardikian: Gone too soon WTC
(Note: Please remember that CNN w
SittingXlegged: Sandra W. Bradshaw Flight 93
Six Meat Buffet: The 2996 Project - Larry I. Beck WTC
Smooth Stone Welles Remy Crowther, age 24 WTC
Snarkypants: Richard Avery Aronow WTC
Soldiers' Angels New York: Zhe "Zack" Zeng WTC
Spilling the Beans: Marisa DiNardo Schorpp WTC
Spindoctoring the Mundane: Stephen Belson WTC
State of Sunshine: Laura Angelita WTC
Steeljaw Scribe: Colin Arthur Bonnett WTC
Strings and Sealing Wax and Other Fancy Stuff: Brooke David Rosenbaum WTC
Sugarloaf Mountain: Timothy Paul Gilbert WTC
Technically Speaking: John Anthony Spataro WTC
The 82nd Chairborne Division: Dominick Calia WTC
The Florida Masochist: 9-11 five years later- In memory of Ken Marino WTC
The Happy Homemaker: David H. Winton
The Infidel Sage Weblog: 2996: A 9-11 Tribute to Micahel D. D’Auria WTC
The Median Sib: 9-11 Tribute: First Officer Thomas McGuinness Flight 11
The Scratching Post: Margaret Elaine Mattic WTC
The Slosh Pile: 9/11 Remembrance: Christina Donovan Flannery WTC
(bring extra Kleenex for the next one)
The Super Adventures of Ben and Noah: The Mr. Lester Vincent Marino Clubhouse WTC
the Unending Journey of the Wandering Author: Francis Esposito WTC
Thespis Journal: The 2996 Project: Remembering Ivan Vale WTC
Third World County: Remembering Robert Edward Pattison WTC
Truth and Reason: Peter West - Killed at the WTC on 9/11 WTC
TubaPants: Lt. Jonas M. Panik Pentagon
Unhappily Ever After: Sheryl Lynn Rosenbaum World Trade Center
View From The Cloud: Denease Conley WTC
Volcanic Sacrifices: Zoe Falkenberg Flight 77
Webkittyn Warbles: Sharon Cristina Millan Paz WTC
WorrierWarrior: Norma Taddei WTC
Here are more links, some I have not visited yet.
Although not a 2996 blogger, North American Patriot has a complete lineup of all those on flight 93.
Sadly, the following blogs are no longer around or the article links have rotted and their tributes faded away as well (where I was able I reproduced the original article from archived sources):
Ardice: Paul James Battaglia WTC
Beyond the Crossroads: Shimmy D. Biegeleisen WTC
Born F7: David Brian Brady WTC
Bryan's THoughts: Alan Beaven Flight 93
Buitengewoon: Chapelle Renee Sarker WTC
By Hook or by Crook: Charles Mills WTC and Bernard Pietronico WTC
Can you hear me Now: I celebrate John... WTC
Chaotic Synaptic Activity: Mark Y. Gilles of New York City, NY WTC
Commonplace CommonSense: JoAnn Heltibridle WTC
Cry Freedom: Tyrone May WTC
Dale Challener Roe: Candace Lee Williams Flight 11
Dallas Ks: Daniel Michael Coffey WTC
Dallas Ks: 2,996 - A Tribute to the Victims - Dennis Michael Cook WTC
Ennuipundit: Stacey Leigh Sanders WTC
Florence M. Gregory: Florence M. Gregory WTC
It's All About Me I think: Dorothy A. Dearaujo Flight 175
Just One Crazy Lady: William T. Dean WTC
Leaning Straight Up: Robert William McPadden WTC
Lillian: Shawn Nassaney Flight 175
Long, Slow, Beautiful Dance: William Feehan FDNY
Macstansbury: Wayne John Saloman WTC
Mail Call! Supporting the Troops: Jonathan N. Cappello WTC
Media Lizzy: Justin J. Molisani WTC - Tower 2
Missy's Corner: David William Nelson WTC
Mysterious Lady's Clues to Life - Christopher Micheal Traina: Remembered WTC
Neugebauer Happenings: Thomas G. Schoales WTC
PolitaKid: Florence M. Gregory WTC
Renaissance Blogger - In Memoriam Stephen Patrick Driscoll 2996 Project WTC
Shelli's Sentiments: Cmdr. William Howard Donovan Jr. Pentagon
Simply Stated~ A mom and her kids: Kermit Charles Anderson WTC
Simply Stated~ A mom and her kids: Paul P. Ladley WTC
Simply Stated~ A mom and her kids: Paul James Furmato WTC
Tales from Turnerville: Lyudmila Ksido WTC
Technicalities: Carol Keyes Demitz WTC
the beauty of gray: Thomas E. Sinton III WTC
The Little Things: John D. Yamnicky Flight 77
The Original Musings: Ruth Magdaline (Clifford) McCourt Flight 175
The Soda Stand: Stephen Mulderry WTC
The Uncooperative Blogger: I Remember Joseph Marchbanks Jr. WTC
The WaterGlass: September 11 Tribute: Clement Fumando WTC
The World According To Carl: Touri Bolourchi Flight 175
Thoughts by Seawitch: Stephen Poulos WTC
Truth is Freedom: 9/11 Tribute for Gilbert Granados WTC
Winged Emotion: Calvin J. Gooding WTC