Eleven Years – Remembering 9/11

It has been eleven years since the attacks of 9/11. In the hours and days following those horrible events we pledged to never forget what happened that day, and to always remember the victims. In the past I participated in the 2996 Project. Neil Dollard and Norbert P. Szurkowski are two of the men who died in WTC-1. In the past I wrote,

Neil DollardNeil Dollard was 28 years old on September 11th, 2001. He was a bond broker for Cantor Fitzgerald, working in WTC 1, and lived in Hoboken, NJ. But those are just facts.

One thing that struck me immediately was the importance that family and friends had in Neil Dollard’s life. His frequent phone calls to those he cared about is something mentioned in nearly every tribute. Calls to his parents, his other family, his girlfriend Kristen, his co-workers, and his friends were every day occurrences. Often for no reason other than to just say hello.

Another year I wrote,

Norbert SzurkowskiI look at this picture, and my first thought is that he looks like one of my uncles. He could easily pass for one of my mom’s brothers. His name is Norbert P. Szurkowski, and he was 31 on September 11th, 2001. Eight years ago he was working in the offices of Cantor Fitzgerald hanging wall paper.

These two remembrances were written as part of the 2996 Project. This project was started to remember and celebrate the lives of the victims. You can also follow Project 2996 on Facebook, and see related photographs on Pinterest.