|NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Workers adjust beams of the Tribute in Lights ahead of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on September 7, 2011 in New York City. The Tribute in Light is comprised of 88 7000 watt searchlights that beam into the sky near the site of the World Trade Center in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
You remember where you were when JFK was shot. It's a simple fact of most of the generation reading my site. I don't, I'm only 29 years old, but I will always remember 9/11/2001. I will always remember that I had just started my Introduction to Islam class at Drew University, at the behest of my pre-assigned freshman adviser. I will remember the shock and most of all the denial and the disbelief that persisted for a good 20 minutes until the truth became something that could no longer be questioned.
Today, now, some 11 years later, we can finally remember Anna Laverty, not just as a name, but as an identified victim of the September 11th attacks. News 12 has the details: http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?articleId=337169&position=1&news_type=news
Ms. Laverty was a legal secretary at Fiduciary Trust Co. She lived in Middletown, NJ and was 52 years old. She had hopes and dreams and probably a bagel and coffee on a quiet weekday morning under one of the bluest September skies I can remember. God rest her soul.
Is this local news? Is it Pequannock news? I don't know, all I know is that on 9/11/2001, for a moment, we were ALL New Yorkers.
Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District, Open Space, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region. Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children. Christopher Lotito Profile