UPDATE: For the 10th anniversary, I gave the men their own post. You can find Scott’s here and George’s here.
Today is the 8th anniversary of that tragic day. As I thought of making my comeback to blogging, I thought no greater post could I make than to once again honor those who perished that day. So I’m not starting with politics. As I did 3 years ago, I gave my blog a simpler theme and limited it to showing one post.
First, I honor Scott Hazelcorn, an employee at Cantor Fitzgerald. Here’s what I posted last year.
“…Hazelcorn, 29, was a trader of long-term treasury bonds at Cantor Fitzgerald; his girlfriend, Amy Callahan, was a special-education teacher. The pair had plans for a summer camp for needy kids. Scott often told his parents that he wanted to buy an ice cream truck, so he could hear the squeals of children all day.”
This year, I also asked to remember someone else so I could learn about them. The name I received was George A. Llanes. George worked for Carr Futures on the 92nd floor of World Trade Center North tower. A poignant post by his step dad can be found here.
Google books has part of the book Portraits of 9/11 which starts off with,
George Llanes was a sensitive, studious child, the kind that classmates often teased.
George was an only child and didn’t move out of his parents house until he was nearly 34, shortly before his death, because he had started smoking and he wanted to get a dog, both of which would give his mother allergy attacks.
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.
Two men. One sunny and outgoing. The other, a shy poet. Both dead much too early.
This day is Scott’s and George’s.
Project 2996 is the driving force behind these tributes. Here is their Facebook page. If you’re on Facebook, become a fan. If you have a blog, post a tribute. If you don’t, you can still honor a victim.