September 11, 2001 Never, Never Forget!

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September 11, 2001 Never, Never Forget!  9/11 will Always Be In Our Hearts, and each of us has our own special reason why that day will always be a day we will never forget.  Today is a day of not only remembering the vicious attack on our country seventeen years ago, but also a day to honor those who lost there lives.  It is also a day for us to reflect on the memories, and thoughts which went through our mines as the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded.

I have shared what I remember most about 9/11 before, and have made a commitment to share this memory each and every year on September 11.  Below is a special memory of that day, it is an event which hit close to home and will forever live in my heart and mind.

Many innocent people lost their lives on September 11, 2001, including one whom I personally knew.  His son and my youngest son grew up playing baseball together, so I use to see him all the time.  On September 11, 2001 he lost his life trying to assist those he worked with out of one of the twin towers.  Just before he lost his life he was on the cell phone with his oldest son.  His son pleaded with him to just leave the building, but that was not the type of man he was, he would not leave others behind.  As his son continued to plead with him the phone went silent.  On that day, September 11, 2001, he lost his life helping to save the life of others.  That is my memory of September 11, 2001.  A memory which I will not only never forget, but one which will always be on my heart.


The South Fire District Fire Department in Middletown, CT was able to obtain one of the beams from one of the World Trade Center Towers in 2011, and erected a memorial in remembrance of those who lost their life on 9/11/01.  The first picture below is of the beam and original memorial erected in 2011. 

Four years ago through efforts of The South Fire District Fire Department money was raise, and donations were made by residents of Middletown and surrounding towns to landscape and pave the area around the 9/11 beam.  My family and I purchased the paver in the picture above in remembrance of my friend, and all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001

I think The South Fire District Fire Department did an outstanding job on the 9/11 memorial which is proudly displayed next to the South Fire District Fire Department.  The 9/11 memorial below will stand in remembrance of the innocent people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 for many years to come.  I am proud my family's name will be a part of this memorial for as long as it stands.  September 11, 2001 Never, Never Forget all those who lost their lives.



Original Memorial above

New Memorial below






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Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

George a very heartfelt tribute to all those that lost their lives on that horrific day. And it did hit very close to home for you. I hope that man's family is doing well. A moving tribute the fire department has created. A place to reflect on our values and remember what was lost that day.

Sep 11, 2018 02:30 PM #15
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

What a fitting way to remember all those people...a great memorial.

Sep 11, 2018 02:33 PM #16
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

George, what a lovely memorial to those who lost their lives that day. I am glad the Middletown fire department has that remembrance on display, and I appreciate you sharing it with us today.

Sep 11, 2018 03:13 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

George- even 17 years later, the story of your friend brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for helping to keep these memories alive. 

Sep 11, 2018 05:25 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi George

What a wonderful tribute to a horrible event and time we must never ever forget. So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend!!


Sep 11, 2018 06:08 PM #19
Janey Bishop
Gold Star Realty - Calabasas, CA
SFV CA Senior & Probate RE Specialist

A terric memorial and a spot to reflect for a moment! Very nice.

Sep 11, 2018 06:09 PM #20
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

It's hard to believe 17 years have passed since that awful day ... 9-11. We all have our stories of how we remember the day we lost so many when the towers went down, the pentagon got hit and the plane went down in Pennsylvania.  We must never FORGET.  Thank you for sharing this beautiful Memorial ... and Reminder to everyone about those who were lost, many of whom we lost to their service trying to save as many as they could.

Sep 11, 2018 06:24 PM #21
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The emotions felt that day foe the attack on our country have to be comparable to those felt by our parents on Dec 7, 1941. The difference being technology afforded us the visual replays.

Sep 11, 2018 06:59 PM #22
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George, it is still fresh in my memory and hard to believe that it has been 17 years ago when it happened. Thank you for this post, Endre

Sep 11, 2018 07:24 PM #23
Anne Edwards Johnson
JP and Associates - Austin, TX
Austin Realtor | HookemhomesATX (512)917-5260

Oh how I love this post! Wonderful American GRIT.

Sep 11, 2018 09:21 PM #24
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you for this post. Seventeen years passed in a blur, but the memories are still fresh.

Sep 12, 2018 03:41 AM #25
Pete Baranowsky Jr
The Castle Team at Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanata - Dallas, GA
Selling Good Homes, Priced Right, Quickly

George Souto George thank you for your post.  As a past resident of Middletown I"m greatful to see the wonderful tribute to all who gave their lives on that terrible day.  

Sep 12, 2018 05:29 AM #26
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello George- - - a very thoughtful and personal post.  This one reason that we shall never forget - hopefully no one ever forgets.

Sep 12, 2018 06:31 AM #27
Brian DeYoung
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ithaca, NY
Brian DeYoung

I had no idea how moved I would be going to the site and visiting the memorial at ground zero. I think all who go to the city should visit.

I like the memorial you posted pictures of, especially after they modified and expanded it.

Peace, what a priceless commodity.

Sep 12, 2018 11:12 AM #28
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you so much for sharing your story George.  I can only imagine what that call must have been like, the sad realization of a life lost.  Knowing someone who didn't make it makes it personal for you.  While I didn't personally know anyone who didn't survive or has passed since, I was there for my birthday leaving 9/1/01. 


I had visited Elllis Island and have a picture of the towers.  I had been searching Ellis Island records for anything related to either of my families entering Ellis Island, learning that my ancestors travelled before the registry existed.   I didn't go up in the towers and now wish I had, but the girlfriends with me during that trip from Arizona and Alabama had other ideas or I'd have experienced the towers.  I'd love to go back and pay my respects. 


So many of us have some kind of personal story, but yours really hits home.  Thank you again for sharing!

Sep 12, 2018 07:47 PM #29
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Thank you for sharing your personal story and the wonderful photos

911 made such an impact on all of America and it needs to be remembered forever. It will because of people like you and communities like yours. 

I do hope forever more America will never forget and always remember the brave first responders that did all they could, the business men who became responders on that day, the women who did all they could to help during 9-11 and throughout the days to come. Americans United for one common cause to protect and serve our Nation. It was beautiful in a dark sea of devastation 

God Bless America


Sep 13, 2018 12:14 AM #30
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

George Souto these are such wonderful photos and I am so glad that you shared them again.  We must never, ever forget this tragedy and the Memorials that have been erected are beautiful tributes to those that were lost.

Sep 13, 2018 04:08 PM #31
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Love this story and thanks for sharing it again with us, George.

Sep 14, 2018 06:06 PM #32
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

George,  I know I am very late visiting this post.  It is such a reminder of that horrible day and how many people perished in flames of fire and smoke. Keep sharing it ... I love the photos. 

Nov 18, 2018 02:26 PM #33
Jill Watts
Realty Pro, Inc. - Vancouver, WA
A Luxury Experience at Every Price Point!



Totally love this blog post. The pictures resonate deep in my heart. I wish I could change history!!!

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