Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Weekend That Was...

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As a general rule, words dominate this space on a day in/day out basis.  Today, however, is a day for allowing pictures to carry the day.  Margaret and I spent this past weekend in New York City - as we have spent the final weekend of September annually since 2010 - participating in the Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk.  I was thrilled that this year - for the first time -my wife accompanied me to the Brooklyn side and took part in the event from start to finish.  Her ability to do so was a testament to Margaret's own courage.  She is claustrophobic almost to the point of paralysis.  Her willingness to put her own fear aside so that she, too, could "follow the footsteps" and travel through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel from Brooklyn into Lower Manhattan was nothing short of remarkable.  

But then again, my wife herself is nothing short of remarkable.

Neither was this weekend.  On Saturday afternoon, after we checked into our hotel, Margaret and I went to the Memorial to pay our respects.  We are both fortunate enough to have not lost a family member or a close friend on September 11, 2001.  So, we went to the Memorial to place an American flag at the name of four people who died that day:  FF John Collins of the FDNY, who graduated from high school with my brother Kelly and with whom Kelly played high school football;  Antoinette Duger, who was the cousin of my great friend Gerard Gonnella; Thomas Glasser, a graduate of the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, a member of the W-H Athletic Hall of Fame, and (to my knowledge) the only W-H alumni killed on September 11, 2001; and Police Officer Thomas Gorman of the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Police Department, a resident of Middlesex, New Jersey (where we live and the town in which Margaret was born and raised), and the only Middlesex, New Jersey resident who was killed on September 11, 2001.   

Saturday, September 26, 2015


One World Trade Center 
View from 25th Floor of Downtown Marriott
09/26/15


FF John Collins - FDNY & IHS Class of '76
September 11, 2001 Memorial - 09/26/15


Antoinette Duger 
September 11, 2001 Memorial 09/26/15


Thomas Glasser
September 11, 2001 Memorial - 09/26/15



Police Officer Thomas Gorman - PA NY/NJ Dept.
September 11, 2001 Memorial - 09/26/15


One World Trade Center & 
September 11 2001 Museum - 09/26/15



One World Trade Center & September
11 2001 Museum (night view) 09/26/15


"Never Forget" Banner across from Ten House
09/26/15

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Sun coming up over the Brooklyn Bridge
09/27/15 


View of the NYC Skyline from the East River
09/27/15


2nd View of the Skyline from the East River
09/27/15


Sunrise over the East River
09/27/15

Me on the Brooklyn side 09/27/15



The Missus and Me with the USMS
09/27/15


The USMS - SDNY & NJ
09/27/15

Team Red Bandanna
Brooklyn - 09/27/15


September 11, 2001 Remembrance Flag
Brooklyn - 09/27/15


"Never Forget" Flag & Old Glory
Brooklyn - 09/27/15


USMS - Brooklyn 09/27/15


Starting Area - Brooklyn
09/27/15


2nd View of Starting Area - Brooklyn
09/27/15

FDNY - Squad One
Brooklyn - 09/27/15


Active Duty FDNY "Following the Footsteps"
BBT - 09/27/15


Margaret & the FDNY 
Manhattan - 09/27/15


2nd View of Margaret & the FDNY
Manhattan - 09/27/15



Margaret finishing strong 
Manhattan - 09/27/15


2015 T2T Sand Sculpture 
"Let Us Do Good" - 09/27/15


 -AK






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