Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Memory Jog

Sunday was the 15th Annual Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City.  This year marked the seventh consecutive time that the Missus and I have participated.  As has become our custom, we crossed the river from the Jersey side on Saturday afternoon so that we could enjoy T2T weekend in Lower Manhattan.  In addition to our regular traveling companions, Gidg and Jeff, we had the pleasure this year of the company of the Gonzalez family (Yvette, Pete, and Matthew) and Lisa.  Matt recently turned thirteen.  It was very interesting - to me - to see his reaction to all that he experienced this weekend, inasmuch as the terrible actions that gave rise to this extraordinary event happened almost two years before he was born. 

A quick, pictorial look back at the weekend that was in New York City - with one quick peek ahead. The Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City is held annually on September's final Sunday, which means that next year's T2T shall take place on September 24, 2017.  Whether you are a runner or a walker, it is an event that - once you participate in it - you shall never want to miss thereafter.  I heartily recommend it to everyone.  Similarly, whether you live in the New York metropolitan area or not, I recommend that everyone make at least one trip to the September 11 Memorial, the September 11 Museum, St. Paul's Chapel, Trinity Church, Ten House, and O'Hara's Pub - all of which have a story to tell about the events of that day, the lives lost, and the people who lived through the experience and what followed thereafter.  

Without further ado...

Saturday, September 24

 One World Trade Center

FF John Michael Collins - FDNY
(Immaculata High School Class of '76 &
Classmate of my older brother, Kelly) 

Antoinette Duger
(Cousin of my great friend, Gerard Gonnella)

Thomas Irwin Glasser - Westfield, NJ
(Wardlaw-Hartridge School) 

Thomas Edward Gorman - PANYNJ Police Dept.
(Middlesex, New Jersey) 

One World Trade Center 

Sunday, September 25

Margaret pre-race in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Engine Company 202/Ladder Company 101
(Red Hook, Brooklyn) 

T2T Starting Line
(Brooklyn, NY)

Squad 1, Brooklyn - FDNY
(FF Stephen Siller's Squad)

FDNY honoring their fallen brothers 
(Manhattan side, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel)

FDNY Fire Boat 

Margaret heading to the finish line

15th Anniversary T2T Sand Sculpture

One World Trade Center 


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