I didn't know Chuck Droz personally, but he lived about a mile from my parents.
His court seemed like a very special group of neighbors, as they always put up spectacular lights and ornaments every Christmas. Every year (even after I moved out and visted my parents for the holidays), my parents and I had a tradition to go over and see the fantastic lights and decorations....it always moved us. There were always other people there to see these special displays. Every neighbor got involved. I could tell that they were a close group of people.
2001....a year that ended on a note with high emotion for all of us. We were stunned about the atrocities that went on Sept. 11, but we all began to pull ourselves together and carry on, all the while remembering all of the angels who died on Sept. 11.
At Christmas, my parents and I set out to this court one night, to see the terrific display, as we usually did. As we pulled into the court, a sign that was posted caught our eyes. It read something like:
"These lights are dedicated to our neighbor and friend, Chuck Droz, who lost his life on American flight 77, on Sept. 11, 2001."
We could not help but tear up as we read it, then slowly marveled at the gorgeous displays.
Chuck - although I did not know you personally, I can tell that you were a wonderful man who touched many lives. I know your family and friends miss you very much, and that you are an angel up in Heaven, looking our for them.
God Bless You!