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September 11, 2011

9/11 victim George A. Llanes

by thoughtfulconservative

I first honored George in 2009. I decided this year to give Scott and George their own posts.

I found this post with a message from George’s step-father [UPDATE 9-24-2012: See comment from Cory below and this message has now disappeared from the Legacy site.], and a heart-breaking sentence,

We get to see George at a grave site in Staten Island, since a piece had been recovered and matched with DNA.

It appears that George was a funny guy cracking jokes and making people laugh. You can read tributes to him here.

He was also a poet. He had given his mother a bound copy of his poems and when they cleaned out his apartment after his death, they found poems everywhere.

It was Mr. Llanes devotion to his dog, that led to his death. The dog,

a pug named Mae Mae, persuaded him to rejigger his work schedule. He switched to a schedule of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. from an ordinary one of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., despite a lifelong aversion to getting up early.

Had he been on his normal schedule, George would have not yet been at work on that fateful morning.

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September 11, 2011

9/11 victim Scott Hazelcorn

by thoughtfulconservative

As I have for several years previously, I honor Scott Hazelcorn, a young employee at Cantor Fitzgerald who perished in the attacks of September 11.

I quoted a New York Times article on the 7th anniversary.

At a memorial service for Scott Hazelcorn, his father learned that there were at least a dozen people who considered his son their best friend. This was not the result of duplicity, Charles Hazelcorn said, but rather a function of Scott’s open heart and sunny nature. Each eulogist put it differently: your problem was his problem; he made each person feel he was the only one in the room; he taught people to hug each other; he was the one who made work fun.”

In a New York Times tribute 5 years ago his parents talk about the week spent at the camp they founded in Scott’s name, which was his dream,

“My wife and I almost feel selfish because we’re getting so much out of it,” Mr. Hazelcorn said. “It’s our only therapy.”

Yet the relief, as always, was fleeting. At the end of the week, the couple turned to each other and said, “He’s still not here.”

Each year about this time I go back to read tributes left to Scott, especially the ones left on his birthday. I always tear up. I have a son who just turned 30 and wonder.

I don’t know exactly what happened to folks in that tower that day, but I pray that what happened to some didn’t happen to Scott.

My continued prayers for those family and friends of Scott.

September 11, 2011

Tenth anniversary of 9/11

by thoughtfulconservative

Ten years ago, American life received a jolt as four airplanes were hijacked for the purpose of flying into large buildings. Three succeeded. Here’s a timeline of that day.

We were traveling that day and I was sleeping in at my daughter’s house in Nashville, TN. My wife and daughter woke me with the news and we stayed glued to the TV the rest of the day as events unfolded.

In the years that have passed, some things have become clear, some remain cloudy.

Here’s something for you:

Of 21,000 remains that have been recovered, nearly 9,000 are unidentified, because of the degraded condition they were found in. More than 1,100 victims have no identifiable remains.

And

in five years, only 26 new identifications.

Not out of the realm of possibility, based on the physics, but breath-taking nonetheless. The physics:

In Pennsylvania, the heat caused by the high-speed crash into a field caused 92 percent of the human remains to vaporize, leaving very little to work with,

but they’ve managed to

make matches to the 40 victims, plus four sets of remains from the terrorists.

All but five victims at the Pentagon have been identified.

But nowhere was the forensic detective work as demanding and daunting than at the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the giant towers collapsed onto the rest of the complex, breaking everything into pieces.

And the work continues,

Five scientists work seven days a week trying to make new identifications at a lab in an ultra-modern building on the east side of Manhattan.

And then there’s this,

The failure to identify so many victims has affected the final victims’ count over the years The city’s list of the dead — often with multiple missing persons’ reports of the same people — peaked at nearly 7,000 in the months after the attacks, but dropped to 2,752 by the fall of 2002.

Project 2996 lists, well, 2996. Not sure when the list may have been updated. Note the numbers here.

As of August 2011, 1,631 victims have been identified, while 1,122 (41%) of the victims remained unidentified.

That makes 2,753, the commonly accepted number. Note that names are added and subtracted.

Three more names were removed in 2004 after investigators failed to track them to the trade center; including Sneha Anne Philip, a Manhattan doctor who was last seen Sept. 10, 2001, at a department store across from the twin towers. Her name was added back to the death toll in 2008 after her family argued in court that there was no other place she could have been.

Sometimes it’s just too much to wrap one’s head around.

And then you read,

Twenty-seven profiles DNA generated so far don’t match any of the approximately 17,000 genetic reference materials that were collected. Scientists aren’t sure who they are. [Emphasis mine]

Watching some of the specials on the National Geographic channel recently reminded me of the sad, sad stories that day. So did the series of excerpts from Mike Nichols book Just a Few Sleeps Away in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Andrea Haberman, a Wisconsin woman who was in the North Tower. And I read an article in the September/October 2011 issue of The History Channel magazine by Michael Graves, Between the Dawn and the Dusk (not found online). Mr. Graves was in his hotel room at the Marriott World Trade Center hotel when the first plane hit.

And this just covers those who died that day. There are other casualties who are slowly dying and those who really shouldn’t be a casualty.

The images flash through the brain; the explosive collisions, the jumpers, people on the street hit with debris, pictures of firefighters ascending the stairs, the collapses, the calls from those trapped, the posters hung on the street, the smoldering wreckage in a field in Pennsylvania.

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