Tuesday, September 11, 2012
9/11 Eleven years later
This is a repost of my 9/11/2006 post, with some new comments and thoughts.
I did not personally know anyone in the Towers, on the planes or in the Pentagon that lost their lives that day. However, I signed up to be part of the 2,996 bloggers to remember an individual who was lost on September 11, 2001. This is a rememberance of one of the lights that was snuffed out that day.
There are not enough words for me to begin to honor or remember. I hope that I can do a little justice to Marlyn's short life.
Marlyn C Garcia
Location: World Trade Center, Tower 1, 100th floor, Marsh and McLennan Cos, Inc
Miss Garcia was the valedictorian of her high school class at Bay Ridge Christian Academy. She was described as mature beyond her years. Smart. Sweet. Prom Queen. A young woman with character. Always smiling. Always nice to everyone. She turned down a scholarship to Syracuse University to remain close to her family, going instead to John Jay College, where, again, she touched so many lives with her kindness and smile. She was attending college as she worked at Marsh and McLennan. She would arrive an hour early each day so that she could leave to attend school in the afternoons. She wanted to work for the United Nations, travel, advocate for those who could not speak for themselves, to spread her light to others.
She had an entire lifetime ahead of her.
She had potential.
She was small. She was fearless. She was determined.
She loved her family. Her parents, her 2 sisters, her Uncle, to whom she wrote on Monday night, Sept 10 " I hope I get to see you Tuesday, I am going into work a little late because I want to vote" September 11 was New York City Mayoral Primary day.
She was a person that any young woman should look up to as an example of a caring and loving person. Someone to stive to be like. A loving Daughter, Sister, Neice, Cousin, Friend. A shining light. In every rememberance of Marlyn that I have read, everyone has described her as being one thing - an Angel. She was an Angel on earth to so many. She was, sadly, in Tower 1 when the plane hit. One of the 2,996 called Home that day. Called Home to be an Angel looking down on everyone she knew and cared about. To now spread her light from above.
9/11/2006 I cannot believe that it has been five years. The emotions and feelings I have are still as raw as they were that day. In my cedar chest in my bedroom, I have copies of the New York Daily News, dated September 12, 2001, and showing all of the horror in still photographs. I looked at them on the day I purchased them. I have not looked at them since. I cannot ever forget those pictures. They are burned in my memory. I keep the papers to remember. I don't know why. I can't forget. I will never forget. None of us should never forget, so that will not happen again.
9/11/2009 When I wrote these words 3 years ago I could not believe the pain could still be so fresh in my heart. A couple of weeks ago, I went into my cedar chest and I looked at those papers dated 9/12/2001. I cried, gut wrenching, all out sobbing crying. And I thought about Marlyn. And I prayed that the terror for her was short.
9/11/2010 It's now been 9 years since that horrific day. It seems a life time ago and yesterday, all at the same time. Life changed forever that day. Or did it? It seems that the more years pass, the less our collective conscious remembers - that it was hatred that took over that day. Hatred that is rearing its ugly head again - right here in our country. Among our own citizens. Intolerance. Hate. The attitude of I'm right and you're wrong and we cannot have dialog anymore. We are living in times that seem to be even more dangerous than they were 9 years ago. For the first time in my life, I'm scared for the future. It's only been 9 years and it seems we have not learned a damn thing. Did all of those people, did Marlyn, die in vain? God, I pray not. We need to dig deep inside and remember what we felt that awful day. We need to remember how, when we reached out our hands that day, there was someone there to hold them. Someone there to cry with, to grieve with. To heal with. We need to remember. We need to remember the innocence that was lost that day. We need to remember Marlyn and the 2995 others that were ripped away from us. We cannot let their lives be lost in vain and hatred.
9/11/2011 - Marlyn did not get to live these past 10 years. She did not get to get married, have children, graduate from college, have a career. We did. We got to live, and yet we didn't change a damn thing. It's amazing how much we forget in 10 years. How much we THINK we have changed things... progressed. But we have not. We have regressed. We HAVE forgotten. It's a damn shame.
9/11/2012 - I have always thought that we die when our mission here in this world is done - that we have touched the lives of those we were meant to touch, learn what we were meant to learn and passed the knowledge on to those who needed it or were hungry to learn. How could 3000 missions have been completed all in the space of a few hours? I have struggled with that thought for 11 years. I still don't get it. Maybe I'm just naive. I don't think that Marlyn's mission was done, and perhaps her spirit is still here, touching lives. I hope so.
On the night of 9/11/2001, we had a candelight walk in our neighborhood, led by the children. Then we all put our candles out on our porches to burn down during the night. When I light a candle tonight, as I did that night, and as I do every September 11, I will light it in Marlyn's memory.
Marlyn Garcia I will never forget you.
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