Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. - Thomas Jefferson

Ten years ago almost 3,000 innocent humans were murdered in a horrible act of terrorism. The images and feelings of that day will never be erased from our memories. Nor should they. So today we remember, and mourn for, those lost. We hold them close to us and let them know that they'll never be forgotten. But it's also a day when we begin to move forward. We are a resilient group of people who are able to come back from anything. It's what's made this country, and it's people, so great. That "You May Hurt Me, But You'll Never Beat Me" spirit. We have risen up from that horrible day, and we will continue to do so. The future is unknown but there's nothing stopping it from being brighter and better. United We Stand.

National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

George & Diane Simmons
George & Diane Simmons, Great Falls, Va
American Flight 77

In her retirement from the Leesburg Xerox offices, Diane Simmons loved to travel. On Sept. 11, she and her husband, George, boarded a flight at Dulles International Airport headed for Los Angeles, the first leg of a journey to Hawaii, where Simmons planned to spread her father's ashes alongside her mother's.

For almost seven years, Simmons helped take care of her father, William J. Helm, a retired military man, during his stay at a Sterling nursing home. He died in May, and Simmons volunteered to go the island of Kauai ahead of the rest of the family.

She and her husband, a charismatic manager of sales training who also retired recently from the Xerox training center in Leesburg, were among the passengers killed on American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon.

You can view their Legacy guest books here and here.