We Will Never Forget September 11, 2001!

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

September 11, 2001 is a day I will never forget!  It is a day forever imprinted on my heart and mind.   September 11, 2001 is a day each of us has a special reason why this day will forever be remembered.  September 11, 2001 is a day we will not only forever remember the vicious attack on our country, but also a day to honor those who lost there lives.  It is a day for us to reflect on the memories, and thoughts which went through our mines as the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded 20 years ago.

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, so today I am fulfilling that commitment once again with this blog.

Below is my 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 fortunate 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. 

Eight 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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Comments (13)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

George - I am sure you knew victims.  I certainly did and spent the day trying to make sure our employees were safe.

Sep 11, 2021 08:57 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello George, this was such a sad day for America, is I was young enough I would of join the services.


Sep 11, 2021 09:16 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I listen to what we are teaching kids in school about 9/11. It scares me a bit. Why would we be trying to whitewash this horrific event? My son (who is now 19) would tell me how it was being taught. Crazy.

Sep 11, 2021 09:50 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello George Souto I agree, we should never forget that very sad horrible day.

Sep 11, 2021 10:39 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I did not know anyone who was there on that fateful day... but the memory of watching it unfold on TV is something I will always remember.  Thank you for this post. Have a good week-end.

Sep 11, 2021 10:41 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi George- I hope that you continue to share your memories from that day. Even though I've read this before it still tugs at mt heart to read it. 

Sep 11, 2021 02:31 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, George, for sharing your memories and your photographs.

Have a very special weekend.

Sep 11, 2021 05:52 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning george.

I won't be around to see it, but I wonder in another 20 years will anyone care?

Sep 12, 2021 12:33 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a wonderful memorial and I am glad you shared all of the pictures with us!

Sep 12, 2021 05:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, George... to contemplate so much loss of life is horrific enough... but when it hits close to home with people you know it's beyond bearable.

Sep 12, 2021 06:14 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It is interesting how so many of the artifacts from 9/11 have found their way around the country to create tributes to those who lost their lives that day.  We have one of the steel beams here in Sacramento as well.

Sep 12, 2021 11:07 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

As a New York native,I appreciate this more than you know and thank you for your kind words

Sep 17, 2021 11:16 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Your post is very moving, George Souto

This year, I spent 9/11 traveling by airplane to for a vacation. I could not escape the irony of being on an airplane on such a memorable day.

I wore my tee-shirt with the American Flag blazoned across the chest above the words, "We Shall Never Forget"

Sep 18, 2021 10:34 AM