9/11 – Never Forget

English: This is a view of one of the fountain...
English: This is a view of one of the fountains located within the site of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed on September 11, 2001. The two fountains, one for each fallen tower, are titled “Reflecting Absence” and were designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Ground Zero and the 9/11 memorial.  I have to admit, the absolute sadness that I felt when I was there, was overwhelming. This was the first time I actually visited the site where the twin towers stood and where there are two reflective pools with the names of those 3,000+ people that lost their lives on that fateful day.

I almost burst into tears when I saw the names of my former co-workers, friends and my boss who lost their lives on that fateful day.  These were people with whom I worked with for over 5 years. These were the people that I admired, respected and spoke to almost every day when I worked with them at Marsh when we used to work in Midtown, NYC.

To think that I would have been with them on that fateful day if not for my destiny, sent chills down my spine and shook me to my foundation. Sue Clyne was my boss during my last year at Marsh in the Mid 1980’s and she was truly a gem. She was the mother of triplets and one of the most outstanding and admirable boss I have ever had in my 25 years in IT. When I left Marsh & McLennan, I remember how happy she was for me as I had found a better career opportunity.

Larry Sumaya – He sat next to me in the next cube and his sense of humor was amazing. Only a thin cubicle wall separated us, and we had a day long conversation going on almost every day. He would joke at my lack of programming skills and I would joke at his carefree ways in life as well at work.

I knew at least 10 of the people that perished on that horrible day. Seeing these names at the memorial touched me deeply. I had to step back and sit in a quiet place for a few minutes and pray for these souls.

Tomorrow,  as we pay tribute to these heroes,  I promise to never forget and always remember this individuals  that lost their lives..

Here’s some background on the order of names that are listed at the memorial at Ground Zero