I am honored to be part what I believe is the largest blog collaboration to date --and for the very worthy cause of honoring all those who were senselessly and brutally murdered on September 11th, 2001...individually.
This is very different from last year's post: 9/11: We Have Forgotten and We Haven't Learned a Thing. This post is the celebration of a life. The life of United Airlines Flight 93 senior flight attendant, Lorraine Bay.
Lorraine was originally from Bucks County, PA (not far from me). Every article I have read about her details her incredible altruism. Whether it was buying Gummi Bears for a friend's son, reminding colleagues about medical checkups or buying cards for every small occasion or accomplishment of those around her. You can almost sense her amiable personality looking at that first picture of her...
"There wasn't a kinder, more considerate person on the face of the earth," fellow flight attendant Patricia Morris said. "I don't know what Hallmark is going to do. They're going to go bankrupt." (source)
"Bay loved to fly and took pains to put passengers at ease.
"She was like everyone's favorite aunt who came to visit, brought you a present, talked to you, spent time with you," said Mary Bush, who by merit of her position as the most senior United flight attendant at Newark had known Bay for more than 30 years. "She was that way to passengers, too."
Altering herself like a chameleon changes colors, Bay would match her personality to connect with children, senior citizens and everyone in between who came under her ministrations during a trip.
"Work," Bush said, "was a love affair for her." (source)
Transcript of the Flight 93 cockpit voice recorder.
For those that have yet to see United 93, you should do so. There is also a discovery channel special, 93: The Flight that Fought Back that is very well done and a wonderful tribute.
"HBO ON DEMAND" is currently running three excellent films in the Documentary section:
BROTHERS LOST: STORIES OF 9/11
Telling Nicholas (Follows a 7 year old from 3 days after 9/11 while his family struggles to tell him his mother died in the WTC)
In Memoriam - New York City, 9/11/01 (Mayor Rudy Giuliani details the events of September 11)
I watched "The path to 9/11" on ABC last night... and it seems that Jamie Gorelick's "wall" was more detrimental to Americans than both Clinton & Bush together --but we can discuss that further tomorrow.
Today we are honoring and remembering LORRAINE G. BAY.
(If you are looking for a specific victim from the 9/11 attacks you can go to the 2,996 projects site and look through the list of participating Bloggers.)
Friends that are participating in the memorium today: