I Will Never Forget September 11, 2001

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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 once again I am fulfilling that commitment 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 (20)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon George Souto ,

I never grow tired of reading this story. It always brings tears to my eyes. We all have our own memories of where we were that day and ones we knew who perished. I love the extra step your community took to raise money and erect a monument and a place to go to honor those who lost their lives. Nicely done..the photos say it all!  

Sep 10, 2022 02:19 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I cry every time I read this story George Souto.  Pleading and begging to just leave the building and he would not, could not, given the person he was. Hearing the phone go silent, knowing the expected outcome ... so tragic.  How could anyone ever forget that day?  

Sep 10, 2022 02:23 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The paver your family purchased in remembrance of your friend, and all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, is incredibly special. Again, more tears. 

Sep 10, 2022 02:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

You're a good man, George. Every year when I read your post, I still get a lump in my throat. Keep sharing this story with us each year...please. 

Sep 10, 2022 05:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sep 10, 2022 05:39 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I get chills up my spine reading this.  Sadly, a day we won't ever forget.

Sep 10, 2022 06:40 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George my friend, yes every year I read your post about this sad event.... as you know Diane works in a Law Firm and one of the clients that she was friendly with was on one of the planes and she talked to him the day before...... and this brings back memories as if it was yesterday....Endre

Sep 10, 2022 10:25 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Your story and your photos is a warm way to remember this horrendous day George. Yes, my eyes are swelling with tears right now...

Sep 11, 2022 04:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, George... like Dorie Dillard Austin TX Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and others who have already commented... each year when I read your 9-11 post, tears come to my eyes. I can never think about this day without tearing up.

Sep 11, 2022 05:05 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

It is a tough day of remembrance George.  Wonderful & thoughtful pictures and all remain in my heart.

Sep 11, 2022 05:13 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for continuing to share this story. What a terrible terrible time.

Sep 11, 2022 05:14 AM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Freedom is not free.  Only 14 out of 50 States in our country choose to include this horrific event in their syllabus, shameful.  Thanks for your warm and wonderful post George Souto  

Sep 11, 2022 05:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning George. There are some memories so burned into your mind, they are still clear years later. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day.

Sep 11, 2022 06:06 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for your touching tribute.  It really does bring back the memories like it was yesterday.

Sep 11, 2022 07:53 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Good morning George Souto Thank you for sharing the photos and your story. This individual was a true American and understood what it mean to give your life in the service of others.

Sep 11, 2022 08:35 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi George Souto -  This is a warm and touching tribute to those Heroes who sacrificed their lives to help others.  Your personal memory of one of those Heroes is what today is all about. 

Sep 11, 2022 01:52 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I suspect 9/11 is a day that will be permanently etched on the minds of many Americans for the remainder of their lives.  It's hard to believe those 21 years of age or less, were born after that fateful day!

Sep 11, 2022 06:05 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It was a very sad day and your fire district and neighbors have really stepped up to keep it a memory for all so as to not get complacent

Sep 13, 2022 10:37 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

George Souto - what a fitting tribute and tradition you share with added current information and photos. You have a self-servant heart and remain committed to your promises. 

Thank you, George

Sep 17, 2022 05:42 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a powerful memory you just shared with us - thank you for reminding us yet again of how the weather that day was beautiful and yet it was one of the most terrible in our history

Oct 03, 2022 04:43 AM