Bernard Curtis Brown II
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Fan of Basketball and School
Unlike many 11-year-olds, Bernard Curtis Brown II bounded out of his house every school day. "He lived to go to school,'' said his mother, Sinita. ''If he was sick, he would always say he was feeling better so he could get to school."

But before Bernard left, a few things had to be in order. His parents did not demand it, but Bernard's bed had to be made, his room straightened, and his clothes ironed before he stepped out into the world. ''Oh yes, he was a neat child,'' his mother said with a laugh.

He also awoke with a unusual energy. "He would just pop right up," his mother said. So she did not mind letting him stay up late to watch basketball on television.

An ambitious player, Bernard had just bought a pair of Air Jordan basketball shoes and was wearing them on Sept. 11 on a flight to California as part of a trip sponsored by the National Geographic Society. A Washington resident, he was enlivened by the prospect of Michael Jordan running the court for his hometown Wizards.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 13, 2001.
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September 17, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of this light taken far too soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends who still mourn this loss. We will never forget.
McKell Swain
September 11, 2020
so sorry your life was taken before you could really live. rest in peace young brother.
Andy Graves
September 11, 2020
What a terrible thing to happen to an innocent 11-year-old. From his obituary, you could tell he was a very outgoing boy with a lot of enjoyment of life. I am so sorry to the family and friends of Bernard.
Samantha
Acquaintance
September 11, 2020
Hey Bernard. Been thinking about you a lot lately. Been reading a lot about the events on this day. You were 1 grade below me in school when you passed. We never met, but I bet you were very friendly and we would have been friends. I hope your soul is at peace. We wont forget you.
Christopher Laforest
Friend
August 18, 2020
I come here every year .My condolences to Bernard family,I know that you all miss him , he is resting in the arms of Abraham waiting on that great day when Jesus comes.
LAVON S HARVEY
Friend
August 17, 2020
God bless you kid. I know u are shooting hoops with the best.
CLINTT MEYERS
September 12, 2019
We miss you Bernard ❤
From Mrs Keema Bolling AFB
Shakeema Bell
September 12, 2019
Its raining but there aint a cloud in the sky
Must of been a tear from your eye....
Michael Harris
September 11, 2019
Hello... just realized my note didnt get posted yesterday...
Thinking of you... your family. Youre in my heart & prayers everyday.
Bless you all.
Karen
Austin, Texas
Karen Casey
September 11, 2019
We love you Bernard.
Friend
September 11, 2019
I come here every year now. You're not to be forgotten. God bless your family.
Melinda P
September 11, 2019
Remembering you and your family today. May you continue to Rest In Peace.
robin Tree
September 11, 2019
Thinking of you today, Bernard. Love and prayers to the entire Brown (and Carter) family.
Lisa Hudson
September 11, 2019
Bernard - you remain remembered, honored and loved. Wishing peace to your parents, family and friends.

- Josh Hull
Alexandria, Va
Joshua Hull
September 10, 2019
Thinking of you this evening. And your family.
Bless you. May God be holding you in His loving embrace.
Karen Casey
Austin, TX
August 30, 2019
always loved never forgotten to the family. Love you all
LAVON HARVEY
August 30, 2019
I just wanted to I love you tremendously, even though I was never bless to know you. I am so so sorry this had happened to you. Every year I go revisit ur guest book on this site. It still hurts!! I know that you are now in much more better place than we are right now. Stay bless!
Diana Fleming
August 29, 2019
My name is Kieran and I am learning about Bernard for a religion project on 911at Shanley Catholic high school in North Dakota. I read about Bernard and his love for school and basketball, and his story stuck out to me. I am truly sorry for your loss. As we still feel this tragic events long-lasting effects, I wanted to let you know that we will never forget about Bernard. Rest In Peace, Bernard.
Kieran
September 5, 2018
Dear Bernard... thinking of you and your family... I
wish your family peace. Please know there are many people thinking of you... my grandboys asked me today if I'd written a note yet in your memory this year... they want you to know that you'll never be forgotten...
bless you and bless your family....
Karen Casey
Austin, Texas
September 14, 2017
You all are always in my prayers.Time goes by it seem so fast, but we never forget our love ones and friends.Bernard is a angel in heaven watching over us in this world we live in.He is much in a better place away from all this, I know you miss him as his parents and also the rest of his family and friends, but we know that God do not make any mistakes.Love you all stay strong
LaVon Harvey
September 13, 2017
Will Never Forget
Diana Fleming
September 13, 2017
Dear Mr and Mrs Brown,
On Monday I spent most of the day thinking about your son. I once again read the articles written about him and about his love of his school and basketball.
Later that afternoon I spoke to 2 of my grandsons about the little bit I know about Bernard. For the first time. We talk about September 11th often... but, this was the first time I spoke to them about Bernard. They are 10 and 9.
There is not a day that goes by since Sept 11th, that I don't think about what happened...& then that leads to me thinking about Bernard and you, his family.
I pray for you all... I pray for some sort of peace for you. I pray there was something more I could do.
May God hold you in his loving hands.
Karen Casey
Austin, Texas
Karen Casey
September 12, 2017
Every year I come here. I want to make sure you are not forgotten. I never knew you or your family, but your family made sure we knew who you were. I love you Bernard.
Meria Laws
September 11, 2017
We remember you and honor your memory, Bernard. Peace to your parents, family & friends.
Josh Hull
September 11, 2017
I am sorry for your loss, death comes when you least expect it.
Aide Chagolla
September 13, 2016
I know that he is resting in the arms of abraham waiting on that great day when Jesus returns. RIP
LaVon Harvey
September 12, 2016
You will never be forgotten. You would have been 26 years old now; you've still helped to change the world!
simone smith
September 11, 2016
Praying for Bernard's family today.
Brenda
September 11, 2016
Thinking of you today...
September 11, 2016
Dear sweet Curtis,
I'm thinking of you... How could I not? I do think of you and all the other children of that day... But there is something that just pulls at my heart about you....
I hope you are looking down on us all... We need you....Bless you, dear boy. I think of your family always and are always praying for peace for them.
Karen Casey
Austin, Texas
Kaen Casey
September 10, 2016
hi Bernard I come on line to say hi to you most years since 9/11 what an engaging smile you had
I tell my students about you and what a great son you were, and the children are so shocked that someone so young was taken that day

to your parents and other family members just know Bernard has never been far from my thoughts as I too lost a family member that day
I know you miss him terribly I wish I could have met him.
debbie
September 10, 2016
Still not forgotten. For some reason, this face comes to mind whenever I think of 9/11. May you rest in peace.

Melinda, Missouri
September 10, 2016
I have written a note to you every year almost since you died on this horrific day
I too lost a family member so I am very connected to this horrific event


I know your family must miss you terribly and I want them to know he hasn't been forgotten

may you rest in peace bernard
debbie
November 23, 2015
As the Thanksgiving Season comes around I pause today to think of the Brown family and all of Bernard's friends. It is so sad that world lost such a neat kid on that horrible day - I can tell from reading about his short life here on earth that he was an exceptional young man and would have made a great difference in this world. I pray for all of you to have a special blessing from God today, somehow, and to know that there are many of us who will never forget. Much love from Texas,
Del Newberry
September 14, 2015
I am studying September 11th, and I would like to give my condolences to the Brown family. He will always be in my prayers, sorry for your loss.
Curtis Bradley
September 14, 2015
Your son seemed to be the most happiest of people on this earth. He would be so proud of you today. I send my condolences to you from half way across the world (Australia). May God bless you and your family x
Olivia Hogan
September 12, 2015
Every single year, around this time I think about you.... God bless you
Diana Fleming
September 12, 2015
I read your son's tribute every year. I cannot imagine your pain... every day. God Bless you. With much respect. Karen Casey. Austin, Texas
Karen Casey
September 11, 2015
Thinking of you today Bernard. Wishing Peace to your loved ones. - Josh Hull, N. Bethesda, MD
September 11, 2015
Thinking of you today. I visit your guest book every year. -M from Missouri
September 11, 2015
Thinking of you and your family today. Know your family and son will never be forgotten; not just today but everyday he and many others are constantly honored and missed.
September 11, 2015
you would be 25 now I think about you a lot
I tell my students about you you would have grown up to do great things.. with love debbie
debbie
September 15, 2014
Bernard was a great kid he was only 11 years old.and I feel sorry for his family because he was a good kid.And I did not know him personally and he was so young to die at that age.And his faviorte basketball player was michael jorden. And when he hade to wake up in the morning he was always interjetic this is from Dominic and Diego.god bless Bernard and we weren't born yet.
Dominic
September 11, 2014
bella beltz
September 11, 2014
Bernard, I think of you often but especially on this day. God Bless you & the loved ones you left behind. We remember you
Josh Hull
September 11, 2014
L P
September 11, 2014
Thinking of you today, Bernard. I never had the opportunity to meet you but I worked with your Aunt Linda and she spoke of you in a way that was impossible to not know you.

Much love to your parents, sister and entire family. Today and every September 11th, I wear a bracelet in your honor.

xo
Lisa Hudson
September 11, 2014
hi Bernard I write in your book every year your smile is infectious and I came to know you after 9/11 you grabbed my heart then and it hasn't let go of you I wonder what you would be doing now at age 24. I want your parents and family to know he is not forgotten and never will be.. im sure he was so excited to board the plane that day for California for his field trip.. may you rip and know you are loved by the way I teach in schools and I tell my students about you .. so they are learning about this day and it brings them closer to the event
debbie
September 11, 2014
Bernard I never had the chance to meet you, but I think of you often and on this day every year I cry for you and your family. I worked with your grandmother an amazing woman and she loved you so much. I want you and your family to know that YOU are not forgotten.
Melissa Furr
September 11, 2014
In your honor
Meria Laws
September 10, 2014
Hello Bernard. I started my messages to you last year. I want to say that although life goes on I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you. Know we all love you: know that you aren't forgotten.
Meria
May 31, 2014
I walked a mile for you (mile #312) on 5/28/14 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
March 17, 2014
Even though you were here for a short while, I can see you made a HUGE IMPACT. R.I.Paradise
Connie Celestine
September 12, 2013
Bernard I think of you and your family often. You are in a better place but you are missed.
Marquita (Burton) Easter
September 12, 2013
Bernard, I saw your father speaking lovingly of you in a documentary yesterday & both your story & your sweet little face touched me greatly. I know you are better off now than all of us down here on this crazy planet, but still we miss you & honor your light. Love & Prayers to a special young man who was cheated out of his possibilities on Earth.
Pamela Like
September 11, 2013
Every year I think of you and all the lives lost on this terrible day. I've looked for you many times and today I see your face for the first time. I want you and your family to know that YOU are not forgotten
M Law
September 11, 2013
Hey there lil man, well i guess you would be 20 something now... I use to work for your dad back in the Navy. I remember how proud he was when he spoke of you... Your in a better place now! Keep shining! Missed but never forgotten. IT2(SW) Davis
Gavin Davis
September 11, 2013
Another year has passed and your presence is still missed as if were yesterday ..... Miss you Bernard i pray ur family is doing well.
latrice thomas
September 11, 2013
You are loved and missed.
September 4, 2013
You are still not forgotten. Thinking of you today.
August 23, 2013
hi i have written to you and your family almost every year.. i too lost a family member on 9/11 i always tell my students about you and your trip to california which was cut short im sure you were excited that morning for this trip, i wonder what your future held for you, i want to tell your parents bernard is in my thoughts all the time i will keep in my heart always all my love debbie
debbie
August 23, 2013
I didn't get to know you Bernard, but I met your Father after your passing, in Diamondhead, MS. I know he Loved you dearly. I haven't seen him in years, Please stay in touch.........
Kathleen Quintini
August 2, 2013
Happy Birthday BERNARD ....ur so missed!
latrice thomas
August 1, 2013
God bless you,wow you would have been 23 today,maybe married with children.I feel sorry that you died.
June 27, 2013
I still remember you and your family like it was yesterday you are so sadly missed Bernard.
latrice thomas
June 26, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
September 12, 2012
latrice thomas
September 11, 2012
Thinking of you today, Little Man. Peace to you, your family & friends.
Joshua Hull
September 11, 2012
God bless you sweetie.
September 11, 2012
Each year I learn of different victims/stories that just rip my heart apart! This year it's this young man and two classmates, Asia S. Cottom and Rodney Dickens, also age 11. They were on Flight 77 on their way to an educational trip to CA. Same age as my son is now, with similar interests and personalities. The little ones are always the most difficult to comprehend and accept for me. May God bless their families with love, joy, strength, comfort, and peace today and forevermore.
Cathy Pope-Hale
September 11, 2012
Hi Bernard. Well...it's been 11 years today since you've been gone! The sun is shining bright & the sky is as blue as it was that day. Every year, you are the 1st person that I think about and it's crazy to me because I've never met you. Your smile is so beautiful and I know you are smiling down on your entire family! Keep smiling Bernard! Love, Sherita
Sherita J
September 11, 2012
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September 11, 2012
Hello yes i still miss and pray for your family every year this time my heart deeply goes out to your family on this sad tragic day jesus called you home i know your and angel now so that brings me comfort.
latrice thomas
September 11, 2012
Thinking about you today , love ms Keema from Bolling Youth Center
Shakeema Joseph
September 11, 2012
My prayers are always with you.
marquita Easter
September 10, 2012
hi bernards family, i write to him here almost every year i too lost a family member that horrible day. i tell my students about bernard every chance i get they are very interested in learning about him and i let them know that they need to honor him by going to school and doing well like i know your son was doing every day i hope you know he is thought of often .. and i will always keep him in my heart while flipping the tv channel last night i saw a family member on tv talking about bernard but i taped it and havent watched it yet i think it was bernards father or grandfather anyway i will watch it all my love today as always debbie from houston
debbie
July 6, 2012
Inspiring thought..
Trina Cameron
May 27, 2012
i dont know bernard but i am a respectful person and i honor him because he was a hero that died and it is not ok he was much to young to have his life tooken away. i know that no parent want to bury their child or children before them. no kid wakes up and thinks that is goin to be their last time seein anything. i know that he didnt wake up thinkin that he was goin to lose his life and not see his family and friends . so i give my love and soul out to the 9/11 victims and famalies.
janee rivera
September 23, 2011
Bernard,
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you always such a happy young man when you lived in corpus christi texas. Me and my family think of you often and know that your family Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
LATRICE THOMAS
September 12, 2011
Our Channel Island trip was postponed to the end of the year and there were many silent moments and prayers for you and your family, and for those who perished with you that aweful day. I so wish my students and I could have had the chance to know you. My heart will never stop aching for your parents.
Kristin Majda
September 12, 2011
OMG I REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY AS I CRY THIS MORNING AND WATCHING YESTERDAY ALL DAY, WORDS CAN NEVER EXPRESS HOW THE HEART MUST HEART. I AM SO SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS HE HAS SUCH A BRIGHT SMILE
ANGELA KING
September 11, 2011
Watched the Memorial Services this morning and it brought tears to my eyes. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Bernard, but I have become close friends with the family. They all have loving spirits. I know that you were a loving and caring person too. You will never be forgotten.
Jacqueline Jones
September 11, 2011
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Jacqueline Jones
September 11, 2011
Bless you & I will never ever forget u!!!!!
Diana Fleming
September 11, 2011
We will never forget. God Bless.
J Carter
September 11, 2011
Thinking of you...
Olivia Soto
September 11, 2011
I did not know you, but I worked with your mom at the NFCU in Naples Italy in 2002. I still think of her and the hole she still has in her heart, she is a very strong lady. RIP Bernard Curtis Brown. Never Forgotten.
Stephanie Spencer
September 11, 2011
My heart breaks for you, still, after losing such a loving young child. May God forever watch over your beautiful son, Bernard Curtis Brown II, and continue covering your family with his precious blood, love and grace and mercy. Praying for your peace and strength...forever more.

With Sincerest Love,
Charlotte Dilworth Broussard
September 11, 2011
We will never forget.
September 11, 2011
Hey bernard, its ms keema from bolling airforce base youth center, just wanna say we still think about you and talk about you. love ms keema
Shakeema joseph
September 11, 2011
You are not forgotten.
Susan Gray
September 11, 2011
You are loved and missed.
September 11, 2011
"Our loved ones may pass on,
But they never really go,
We miss seeing, touching, feeling them,
Yet they’re still here, you know."
I'll always carry you in my heart.
God bless you.
Lise Ivoe
September 11, 2011
Rest in peace! I'm sure that you are in a world without turmoil now. You will never be forgotten.
Jared
September 10, 2011
My thoughts & prayers are with you & your loved ones. God bless.
Lisa
September 9, 2011
RIP little man. Maybe you're surrounded my basketball legends up there. Never forgotten
Beth
September 9, 2011
Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten.
Andrew
September 9, 2011
i am so sorry for your loss. I am only 15, and to think that somebody not much younger than me died in this way, it is unable to know your feeling. God bless you.
Jeanne Disis
September 9, 2011
Rest in peace sweet angel
Kimberly Hendren
September 9, 2011
Thinking of you and your family today. Where we remember every once and a while, I know your hearts are heavy daily. I can't begin to know your loss but I am so very sorry it happened. May God continue to give you comfort that only He can do.
Vicki Allen
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