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September 14, 2015
I posted this on Facebook and LInkedIn. I should have posted it here FIRST.

September 11, 2001 - It's been 14 years; lest I forget.
I Just Wanted You to Know ...
There are many stories.
There are many people.
There are many forgotten in the magnitude of it all. So I just wanted you to know about Catherine and Katie.
I didn't see them often in the building, our condo home. I didn't see them often at all. But when I did, there was joy in their eyes. Catherine, the Mom, beaming with pride at her offspring. Katie, her daughter so wondrous about it all: life in general; the hallway at the apartment. We'd bump into each other returning from work or at the mailbox. Catherine always with Katie. Like Mom and Daughter should be. When we last met in the halls, it was Catherine who remembered me from some conference. Passing by her company's booth as I walked with a colleague. Oblivious. But she remembered. Peter, James, Abe, they all came to love saying "Good Morning" or "Good Evening" to them both. They take care of us as we come and go from our apartment, once a home. There was a time when I thought to myself "I would love to photograph them. Together. Apart. As Mom and Daughter. As Mom. As Daughter. No Matter. Just to capture the spirit I see in them.
Several days ago, September 15 to be exact, I made it back to Battery Park City, to my apartment. Escorted by the National Guard and given thirty minutes to pack up a life. Destruction was all around us as we wound our way around pillar and post; from building to building. Mud. Papers. All strewn about the building. Once a home. I was caught up in my stuff and had no time to enquire about those I knew. Then I returned again Saturday, September 22 because the building was open for occupancy. No longer for me perhaps. But again, that is my stuff. Trivial. I remembered the smiling faces of Catherine and Katie and this time I asked about them. Was it Peter or James? I cannot remember. But Katie, Catherine's daughter was found by Catherine's father and brothers at her day care. Catherine is among the missing.
I do not know their last names. It is not important. It is important that we never forget the Catherines of this world. Those caught up in an unknowing conflict. Taken from us too soon. Taken from Katie, a daughter who will not have a Mom to be by her side as she grows. Lest we forget, let us all take a moment to remember the moms and dads and daughters and sons. Let us remember to never forget that moms and dads faced fear with courage, not thinking of themselves, but thinking of the moms and dads, daughters and sons they had to save. I know that Catherine's brothers and father will never let Katie forget her Mom. I know I never will. I just wanted you to know. About those who will not be otherwise remembered. Those who are a mere statistic in the more than two thousand.
I just wanted you to know....
Rod Chambers
Former Resident
200 Rector Place, Apt. 17G
Battery Park City
New York, New York
rod@rodchambers.com
September 13, 2015
God bless all the families that this tragic loss hit also to the ones who put there life's on the line daily for us.
September 13, 2015
God Bless All those that lost their lives today and Bless all the families that remain to carry on their legacy..
September 11, 2015
God Bless all those who lost their lives this day 14 years ago. N one will ever forget your bravery that day. RIP Angels!!
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