Getting to Know the People by Jonathan Montiel

1 Dec

It happened September 11, 2001 when we all remember the tragic day the Twin Towers collapsed. I was just in first grade and at the time I had no idea what was happening. I didn’t understand that we were being attacked and that many people lost their lives and that some people were risking their lives to help those in need. Now that I have grown up and I actually comprehend the calamity this day had on the nation. As I recall the memories of the videos I watched and of the stories I heard, it makes me feel sorrow for the people who passed away and the families who lost their loved ones.

For the most part, people think of the attacks of the buildings but we have to remember the people who were in the buildings. We don’t really think about it, but those people were like any other person. They were just like us. These innocent people suffered so much when they were stuck in the towers that many couldn’t take it and jumped to their deaths. The New York Times made a web link called “9/11: The Reckoning”. Here it tells us about the lives of the majority of the people that died in the 9/11 attacks. One was about a woman named Linda Luzzicone. She was a broker who worked for Cantor Ftizgerald most of her life. She loved to travel, and she has been to many places like Canada, Hawaii, Japan, and many places in between. She was also in a committed relationship and was ready to take the next step and get married. Unfortunately, she died before she could ever get married. However, seeing as how her boyfriend was also a co-worker of hers, they died together.

Another person that was remembered was 44 year-old Vincent Abate. He had been working for Cantor Fitzgerald for a longtime. He actually brought his brother, Andrew, into the company 3 years before the attack happened. Both brothers traded bonds when they worked and hanged out with each other during the afternoon. Andrew was married; Vincent was not. Both brothers died together.

After reading about some of these people’s lives, I could only but feel grief for them and their families. They had exciting lives and outgoing personalities. They weren’t boring people who were workaholics and did nothing all day. So many of them had families and spouses that they loved. These innocent people had no idea that this was going to happen to them, and they couldn’t do anything to stop it. I think that we should really be thankful for what we have right now, and make the best of what we have.



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