September 11, 2001: 2996 lives lost, eight years and millions of tears later, our hearts aching this unending loss, bittersweet memories.
We will Never forget nor forgive.
As the families of the 2996 murder victims put their lives back together
Healing I pray slowly year by year, we take today to remember.
We will never forgive, nor will we ever forget.
I would like to thank Dale Roe for his tireless efforts to honor
The 2996 who were brutally murdered on American soil.
I have the privilege to write about four of the people we lost that terrible day. Please take a moment and remember, and please pray for their families.
God Bless you all, and God Bless America.
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James J. Straine, 36 years old.
From: Oceanport, N.J.
James died in a attack by Terrorists on the World Trade Center.
Called Jimmy by friends, the Husband of Trisha,
the father of Finn, and Charlie.
James Straine was a son, brother, husband and father most loved.
He had returned to his job on the 104th Floor of One World Trade Center in Manhattan.
Sept 10th for half days, he had been blessed with a new son, 5 days before.
The last call Trisha received from Jim came about 8am on Sept.11, 2001.
Jimmy had called to see how she was doing; it was to be 2 yr old
Finns first day of nursery school. Charlie was 6 days old.
Jimmy was worried bout his wife.
Trisha was missing her lover and soul mate.
There was no way to know that would be the final call.
James is said to have been a kind person, with never a cross word.
He was much loved by friends and family.
He was to have been a groomsman in a wedding on the 15 of Sept, 2001
James was an avid reader, hardly seen without a book.
He loved to Golf, and fish
James was a fixed- income investment salesman, at the Cantor Fitzgerald
center in the World Trade Center.
In August 2001, the Straine family moved to Oceanport, N.J., so that James Straine, and his family, could be near the ocean and the Shrewsbury River.
Everywhere you go in Oceanport you can see water, and it was just perfect for his great passion, fishing.
So weeks before James was murdered by Terrorists, he had realized a
Life long dream, To Live on the Ocean.
He at least had the opportunity to take young Finn fishing once.
Trisha, His love, their Children,
Beach, water, golf, reading, life
There is a golf tournament held each summer now to help Remember Jimmy Straine.
An annual gathering of friends takes place,
Finn and Charlie hear stories; learn about their daddy second hand from people who loved Jimmy and love them also.
The tournament it is also the way that the James J. Straine, Jr. Memorial Scholarship at Jimmyâ€™s alma mater, Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren, New Jersey is funded.
Jimmy is at home with the Lord.
His family is here and can use our prayers of support and comfort.
From our hearts to yours, we will never forget.
God Bless America.
(repost from 9/11/2006)
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As a young man Todd Beamer excelled at sports. Beamer played baseball for Fresno State University before transferring to Wheaton College in Illinois where he met his wife Lisa. While he continued to play baseball, he got serious about his future, eventually earning a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University.
Todd and Lisa married in 1994 and moved to New Jersey where he went to work for Oracle.
They taught senior Sunday school classes together for six years. They were a family
They had two boys, David, 4, Drew, 2. Lisa was pregnant with their third child Morgan, who was born 4 months after Todd’s death.
Todd managed to keep communicating with an operator for the last 13 minutes of his life.
“I think we’re OK now,” he said. Then he asked me to say the Lord’s Prayer with him.
“If I don’t make it through this, would you tell my wife and family how much I love them?” Todd asked.
“Of course I’ll do that for you, Todd,” I replied, and offered to patch her through on another line.
“No,” he replied. “She’s expecting our third child in January, and I’d rather not upset her with any bad news.”
His final known words were “Let’s roll,” a cry for action as he and several others attempted to take control of the plane by fighting the terrorists
While the hero’s couldn’t subdue the terrorists, they did prevent the plane from crashing into another building, saving countless lives.
Flight 93 crashed into the ground in Shanksville, Somerset County, PA.
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