Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Those Who Shall Not Grow Old

One lives in the hope
Of becoming a memory.
- Antonio Porchia

Patrick Adams was a security officer at Fuji Bank - located on the 81st floor of 2 World Trade Center.  Mr. Adams was sixty-one years old.  At the time of his death he lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn with his daughter Balynda.  On the final morning of his life, recognizing the desperate, impossible nature of his situation, Mr. Adams telephoned his home.  He left a final message on the answering machine for Balynda, telling her that he was trapped in the World Trade Center.  Mr. Adams was a native of Guyana.  Prior to emigrating to the United States, he served in the Guyana Defence Force as a senior non-commissioned officer.  

Shannon Adams was a twenty-five-year-old fixed-income accountant at Cantor Fitzgerald, living his Wall Street dream with two friends in an apartment in Astoria, Queens.  He had come a long way from his hometown of Star Lake, New York, population 860.  He was murdered before he had made it as far as he could have.   Mr. Adams was survived by his dad, Lew, and his mom, Gwyn. 

Stephen Adams was the beverage manager at Windows on the World at the time he was killed on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.   Mr. Adams, 51 years of age, had graduated from the French Culinary Institute.  According to his wife, Jessica Murrow, a musician, making money and work frustrated him.  He was - as per her description - an 18th-century man.  He loved Irish poetry, old English ballads and James Joyce.  "He had very old-fashioned values.  He believed in being honorable, honest and loyal.  He forgot to put himself first." 

They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old; 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, 
We will remember them. 
- Laurence Binyon


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