We should never forget those who lost their lives to an act of terrorism simply because they enjoyed the freedoms of living in the greatest country in the world.
I worked in the South Tower on the 17th Floor and was able to evacuate before the tower fell. There were many who were not as fortunate.
Alan L. Wisniewski was an Associate Director at Sandler O'Neill, an investment banking firm located on the 104th floor of the South Tower. According to his wife Kathy, family meant everything to Alan.
From the Legacy.com site:
"The thing that was most important to him was his family," his wife said. Because of a 90-minute commute each evening, he did not return home until 8:30 p.m., when his youngest children were already asleep. So weekends were devoted to his wife and three children: Erica, 15, Jessica, 6, and Matthew, 4.
He loved to ride his bicycle long distances along the Shore.
An avid Notre Dame and Yankee fan, Mr. Wisniewski faithfully took his children to a Dad and Kids YMCA camp weekend in the Poconos each summer. He talked about computers at career day at his children's schools. He dressed up as a Ninja Turtle to entertain kids as part of a program that offered free fingerprinting to Howell's youth. He donated a week's vacation to a Blairstown camp for children with cancer.
From the Legacy.com guestbook:
Alan was my best friend and the most caring person I will ever know. Alan was a devoted father and had a tremendous faith in God. He will never be forgotten as he will always live in our loving memories and in our hearts.
Howell, New Jersey
We will never forget those who lost their lives eight years ago today. Their memory will be cherished by those who loved them and live forever in the lives that they touched.
A Better Place
Cry for me no more
the many tears of sadness
My time in this world was over
and it came for me to pass.
Bring the photos of old time
and see them not with tear-filled eyes
But with eyes of joy and laughter
and smile once more with me.
Know that I am in a better place
one without disease
without hatred and without death
This kingdom I now call home.
I wait here for you
When your time comes to pass
to ease the transition
from the old to the new.
Cry for me no more
Remember only the laughter
For I am in another realm
And I wait to see you again.
God Bless You Alan, and God Bless America!