Charles S. Falkenberg
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For Leslie A. Whittington, Charles Falkenberg and their two young daughters, the flight to Los Angeles was to have been only the start of their journey. They were headed to Australia, where Whittington, a Georgetown University economist, was to work as a visiting professor for several months at Australian National University.

The family, friends said, had been planning for this adventure for months. The pair had been married 17 years. Their daughters, Zoe and Dana, were 8 and 3.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 13, 2001.
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October 13, 2019
I am visiting Baltimore from NY. I read this family's names and decided to look them up. My heart goes out to their family. RIP
Dalia M.
September 12, 2016
Charles S. Falkenberg & Family
Betty Blanco
October 23, 2012
Charles, I recently flew into BWI over DC on an American Airlines flight, and even now my body shakes as I think of you and your family's last moments on earth. I stood for many tearful moments at your benches at the Pentagon Memorial. The heartbreak of reading Dana's name at the first bench reminded me to always tell my two daughetrs how much I love them. My prayers are lifted up for the friends and family you left behind. Much love from Texas
Del Newberry
August 26, 2011
Although I worked with Charlie for a short time at ECOlogic, he left a lasting impression upon me. He was a great mentor. You and your family are not forgotten.
Michael Smith
September 5, 2010
May those who love Charles, his wife Leslie and their daughters, Zoe and Dana, find peace as the anniversary of their passing approaches.
Kim Straker
September 10, 2009
Charlie was my best pal in high school, and for many years beyond. I think of him - and of Leslie, Zoe and Dana so often. Happily, I think of the good times more often than I think of them on an airplane.
Oh, my gosh! Our antics, our joys, our sorrows.
Occasionally I think I recognize their energy in the winds of my life.
Micheline
Micheline Brault
September 7, 2009
The memories of this good man and his family are as bright today as they were on that fateful day in 2001. May God bless you, your wife and your beautiful daughters. I hope that those who love you are at least a little comforted by all the words that are written on these pages.
Kim Straker
September 13, 2008
To the family of Charles S. Falkenberg:
Charles gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
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Peggy Childers
September 11, 2008
May God Bless this family and may those who loved them know they are
not, and will never be, forgotten.
Valerie
September 11, 2008
I will never forget! Your beautiful family is remembered today. May God richly bless your family with His amazing grace, love, and eternal peace.
Michael
September 8, 2008
So many years have passed and every time i come to this site it hurts...I didn't know this Family or any other victims of that horrible day but my thoughts and prayers are with all of them! This Family left together to the gates of Heaven and from a Mother of 2 ...No better way to go if i had to .. Will keep them in my heart forever. Remember and never forget.
Rachel Rios
September 11, 2007
To the wonderful who is together in Heaven, i may not have known them, but i feel for them, i was like 9 years old when i found out what had happened. This is just to let us know that we should appreciate every single minute we share with our family, because we never know what minute wiil be the last.
R.I.P
Maria Garcia
September 10, 2007
God Bless this little family, and may he have taken them straight up to heaven in a blink of an eye. We will never forget you.
ALW W
September 9, 2007
September 2007.....I still remember. I did not know any of the victims. But, I still remember. My prayers are with you in the coming days.
Karen Barnett
August 29, 2007
I remember Charlie well, he was my student for Calculus at UMCP in 1989-90. We became friends and hung out many times in the early 90s before I moved to Philly. I still have a long video I made of his family just after the first daughter was born. In it we were talking about how cool it would be for her to watch when she grows up. I was shocked and dismayed to hear they were on that plane, I found out that day, but six years later I can still hardly believe it. He was a very easy going guy, and she was very vivacious, I just can't imagine how they reacted when they realized what was happening, it must have been terrible, particularly for the kids. It's just a shame, what more can be said...
Greg Grant
July 19, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
July 19, 2007
To the Family of Charles,
I recently visited the 9/11 memorial in West Orange, NJ which overlooks the NYC skyline. As I walked by the wall on a Friday night, I saw Charles's name followed by a 45; this was followed by Dana (3) and Zoe's (8) names. It didn't take me long to piece together the fact that Charles and his daughters, as well as his wife, were taken from this earth on 9/11 and, though I never saw their names until last week, I haven't been able to forget them, having already returned to this memorial twice since that Friday night even though I personally did not lose anyone on that day. Unlike Charles, I myself haven't had the privilege to raise a child yet in my 29 years; if that day should come, I'll treat each day as if it were my last, keeping the memory of Charles, Dana and Zoe with me all the while. I plan on mountainbiking up to Eagle Rock Reservation (the site of the memorial) at least once a week to say a few silent words to Charles, hoping that he'll hear me.
Stephen Canova
March 25, 2007
To the surviving family, even though I didnt know you, my heart pains for you. I just lost my daughter 5 weeks ago and am in so much grief myself. I just wanted you to know I care & god bless every one of you. God will take care of the ones that were called home. Please contact me at any time to talk. Maybe we could help each other.
Virginia Grosso
December 4, 2006
i'am very sorry it hurts knowing that you and your children passed away so tragectly your in a better place now and i will allways remember the victems of 911 i hope to start something amazing to remember those who died that september day a day we should allways remember my love goes to all who died i'am 23 of missouri god is good he will honor them with his presence
dustin james
November 1, 2006
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
Kristine
October 22, 2006
I will always remember you and your family.
Mark Kuchenmeister
September 10, 2006
my Grandmother was a Falkenberg and so I have grieved more for this family. Whether we are related or not (I live in Australia) is immaterial, but my heart goes out to the family
Sandra Baker
January 3, 2006
i love and miss you all. chas, your smile never forgotten.
lisa Goldman
June 2, 2005
To The Family of Charles,
Let the memories be your light during times of darkness. God bless you all!
Bernadette Jones
February 26, 2005
Charlie,
I am sorry I didn't have the chance to say good-bye. I am lucky to have counted you as one of my best friends.
I would like everyone to know, that your were truly a wonderful person, and it was a joy to share those years in college.
I will always remember you.

James
James Aspinwall
April 9, 2004
Footsteps
David Gilbert
January 8, 2004
May god watch over you in Heaven
you are in my prayers
Lakia Hedgepeth
December 22, 2003
MAY GOD KEEP YOU IN THIS ARMS , MAY GOD BLESSE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS
Lakia Hedgepeth
September 24, 2003
May God Bless you and your Family you are in my prayers.
Lakia Hedgepeth
September 15, 2003
I can't begin to tell you how sorry we are for your loss.Just to see things about 9-11, still make me cry.My heart hurts for them so bad and their families. When I learned of your family I just held on to my little boy and could not imagine life without him or his dad. God bless you and your family.I think of you often,and wish so much that you will find peace.I know people remember, maybe some only when reminded....God bless your heart you will NEVER forget. Peace to you and you are in my prayers!
The Hollingsworth's
Dana,Barry and Logan Hollingsworth
September 11, 2003
GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
September 11, 2003
Charlie -
it has been 2 years, very hard to believe. Think about you and your family, Leslie, Dana and Zoe, often.
You all are constantly in my prayers. It was quite a pleasure to have worked with you for four years. You are all at peace now -God Bless you all.
Chris Fay
September 11, 2003
On this anniversary day, may those who remain keep a special fire glowing in our hearts for you. Nancy still can't talk about it. Love to you all.
Ellen Van Nest
September 10, 2003
anne jones
September 10, 2003
I know that God has a plan and part of that plan was to gather to him a wonderfull family that lived their lives to help and inprove this world
we live on.Our hearts always will miss the parts torn from them.It hurts so bad. We thank all of you for your words and prayers.
Jay Guest (brother in law)
December 23, 2002
anne jones
September 13, 2002
On Wednesday, Setember 11, 2002, 3,035 San Diegans gathered at Qualcomm Stadium to pay tribute to the fallen heroes and victims of the attacks against our country on 9/11, the previous year. I had the great honor to read the name of Leslie A. Whittington and to then read the "Freedom Bell" once in her memory.

Leslie and her family, husband Charles and daughters Dana and Zoe, will not be forgotten...
Rush Glick
September 11, 2002
On this 1st anniversary of 9/11 my company released helium balloons & my balloon had the Falkenberg family name attacked to the string. Today special prayers will be said for this family as well as all 9/11 victims and their families. Charles, Leslie, Zoe and Dana will be remembered always each year by me.
Sharon Davis
September 10, 2002
As I sit here in new zealand and read the tributes to all the people who lost their lives in sept 11...my children playing next to me tears start rolling down my face.To the family of Mr Falkenberg and his daughters I feel your lost so much and hope you keep each other strong.How can innocent ones be taken from us so easily.my family send their love to you and all the victims and their families for the tradgedy of sept 11...Stay strong
Karen Matthews
September 6, 2002
Our small town has a church that is sponsoring a memorial to all the 9-11-01 victims. It is beautiful, with a field of white crosses, each cross bearing a victim's name. Altho my family had no personal connection to any of the victims, I have chosen a few victims for us to pray for and grieve over. I have printed a photo of this family and it hangs on their crosses in our memorial field. I chose them because my husband and I have 2 daughters. My heart goes out to their family and friends. They will live forever in our hearts...
Lisa Reinhardt
August 30, 2002
Being a father myself, given the option, I would want to have the choice to sacrifice my own life to comfort my child in their time of passing. I'm sure you took great care of your little ones and your other baby. Hold them tightly during their trip.
Brd
August 19, 2002
Although I did not know you, I can only imagine how much you loved your daughters. I am sure you comforted and held them until the very end. May God watch over your wife and family.
Kathryn Elkins
April 26, 2002
Today, April 26, 2002, 1 mile was walked to honor the life of Charles and all the family, friends and loved ones left behind. May you find some comfort in knowing that you do not grieve alone.

Charles, you are your family may be gone but will never e forgotten. May you all rest in peace.
kathy Swaringen
April 18, 2002
May God Bless you and the ones that you left behind. Rest in his loving peace.
Angie Campbell
January 30, 2002
My heart goes out the the Falkenberg family. So many happy memories to be made are gone in a flash. American weeps with you. May you be comforted by the thought that their are those who are praying with and for you.
Lou Gould
January 12, 2002
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
December 26, 2001
My brother presented me with a Memory Band bracelet as a Christmas gift. The bracelet bears the name of Charles S Falkenberg. I would like his family to know that I will wear this bracelet and help keep his spirit alive. I pray that God will give the family strength to face each new day. God Bless You
Judy from Maine
Judy Libby
December 10, 2001
I heard this story, and my heart wept for you and your family. I pray for you, and that God will keep you strong until you and your family can be together again!
April Viti
November 9, 2001
To the family:
You are all in my prayers.
Vanessa Ghilarducci
October 18, 2001
Charley,
I was so grateful to have seen you last January. You have always held a special place in my heart. It hurts to know I will never see you again and yet I feel you - your beautiful essence every day.
Marcey DiCaro
October 11, 2001
Charley - You were one of the
nicest people I ever had the
privilege to work with. I
can't believe that you're gone.

Your friend, TIM
Tim Carmell
October 6, 2001
OUR DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, WILL FOREVER BRACE YOU IN HIS ARMS. REST IN PEACE.
Vermell Mckenzie
October 1, 2001
I read about you and your children and my heart cried. God bless you and your daughters and all your family left here on earth.
denise michalski
September 30, 2001
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU ALL.MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
CHARLES MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.
BARBARA BOLIN
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