Tommie phoned me in the office and said that America’s under attack. I laughed at him “who will attack America! It’s all just a joke my Love”. I honestly thought he got caught with a seriously sick joke. However I put on the radio and sure enough, they were saying something about a plane that had hit the world trade centre. I went inside and put the TV on CNN. Together my mom and I watched as the second plane hit the towers.
I ran out to the office to tell my dad. I could see that he did not completely believe me either. We walked back into the house and saw absolute chaos on the TV. People running in all directions. People jumping from the building. That personally got to me. I couldn’t handle watching people jump to their death.
I felt shocked. Scared. Sad. Utter disbelieve. I just could not accept that America! was under attack. It made no sense to me at that stage. We continued to watch CNN for days. We cried many tears for those who lost their lives. I especially found the phone calls made to loved-ones that was taped, terribly sad. It broke my heart to see what those horrible sick people had done to so many innocent people. How many families were affected by that attack. How everyone in America, as well as the rest of the world were influenced by it.
A while ago I read about this project. It’s a special tribute to each of the 2996 victims of 11 September 2001. I feel it’s important to look at the victims themselves. Not just how the attack influenced America and the world. But how it affected indivual famlies. I give tribute to John Robinson Lenoir (age 38). The father of two children, the husband of Susan. vice president, Sandler O’Neill & Partners Confirmed dead, World Trade Center, at/in building
Place killed: World Trade Center. Resident of Locust Valley, N.Y. (USA).
HThis was written about him in the New York Times:
Dad the Dancing Bear
At his daughter’s birthday party, John Robinson Lenoir donned a pink tutu and skated onto the ice rink. For one time only, he turned into “Dad the dancing bear.” It was just the kind of thing he would do for his children, Courtney and Andrew.Mr. Lenoir, 38, a vice president at Sandler O’Neill & Partners, was never embarrassed about showing his love. A former defensive tackle at Duke, he married his college sweetheart, Susan, and moved to Locust Valley, N.Y.During the summers, he presided over clambakes and cookouts at the beach, and even found his way onto a boogie board. In quieter moments, he challenged his family and friends to games of Scrabble. They called him the “lord of the board” because he sat with a dictionary handy to check their words. Even so, he never had to play alone. “He was a lovable teddy bear,” said his father-in-law, Allan Haack.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 22, 2001.
My thoughts are with everyone who misses him, who has been touched by his life. Most especially today, I think of his wife, Susan and two children – Courtney and Andrew – who sorely miss him.ice president, Sandler O’Neill & Partners Confirmed dead, World Trade Center, at/in building