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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Two of the Faces of 9/11

I posted about these two men last year as part of the 2,996 project. While I was not able to sign up this year, I have decided to repost these tributes to honor two lives lost on this day, six years ago:

Jesus Cabezas called it his picture face – the stony, serious expression pictured above. It was a stark contrast to the sunny disposition of the 66 year old Windows on the World cook. Jesus’ dynamic personality was larger than his 5 foot, 5 inch, 150 lb frame. So was his spirit.

He came home one day holding a knife he’d taken from a mugger during a struggle. “He ran away before I could give it back,” he quipped.

And that wasn’t the only battle he’d fought – Jesus had also successfully fought colon cancer – and won.

He made an impression on those who knew him. Sol Caceres, who worked with his daughter at Woolworth, described it this way: “I only met this man once. More than 10 years ago at his daughter Victoria's wedding. He looked so elegant and debonare walking his daughter down the isle. He was the strong silent type with a lot of love and passion for his family in his heart.”

Originally from Riobamba, Ecuador, Jesus had come to New York more than 30 years earlier, hoping to earn a good living for his family. He lived by himself, sometimes working as many as three jobs at a time, waiting for the time that he could be reunited with his family.

When he first brought his wife and daughter to the States, Jesus still had three children back in Ecuador. The entire family was reunited once he could support them in his new home.

Jesus had been a cook since he was young. He worked in an Italian restaurant for over a decade. While working as the main cook for Manhattan’s Grace Hotel, he had also worked part-time at Windows on the World, high at the top of the World Trade Center. After the hotel was sold, he went to work full time at Windows on the World.

Returning home from work, he would often make his wife’s favorite Ecuadoran dish. On the way to work, his habit was to pause to ask his wife for a blessing. He would then kiss her good-bye, and head off.

On a sunny September morning in 2001, he was in a rush. Late for the morning shift, he did not ask for her blessing, did not give her a good-bye kiss.

Jesus’ grandson David was expecting his “Papi” to attend a soccer game that weekend. But that was not to be.

Mere hours later, Jesus would be gone, The horrific circumstances are well known. The airplanes. The destruction.

What is, sadly, less well known, is the simple joy that Jesus Cabezas brought to the lives he touched. Friends and family would recall that he “smiled about everything.” Coming to the States, he had worked hard, and found joy in doing so. His family had urged him to retire, to move somewhere quiet. But he had refused, saying “I’m a city boy.” He loved his job high above New York City as much as he loved the city itself.

Jesus was one of those quiet heroes, ordinary, every day people who don’t win medals, who don’t see their names in lights. They are heroes in their little circles, heroes to family and friends, to co-workers, to customers, to neighbors. They are the unsung heroes whose flames are small, but burn brightly in their little corners of the world, and far outlast a life that loved ones see as far too short.

September 11, 2001, Jesus N. Cabezas lost his life in the attack on the World Trade Center. But in the hearts of those who knew him, that light lives on.

September 11th Memorial
A Nation of Immigrants Rebuilds - Jesus Cabezas
9-11 Victim Memorial - Jesus Cabezas
Guest Book - Jesus Cabezas


Although the events of 9/11 occurred in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania, many other states, and even other countries, were hit hard that day.

My home state of Connecticut was keenly affected by that day. 152 of our own were lost.

One of those my state mourns is Bradley J. Fetchet.

Brad Fetchet touched many lives. After that fateful September day, his family would begin to learn just how many. "In the first week, thousands of people came," his mother would remark in a Hartford Courant interview. "He had friends going from hospital to hospital, going to the Armory to fill out a missing person's report. One of his friends set up a Web site. I have baskets full of letters from kids that I don't even know."

He had moved to Manhattan in 1999, and worked as an equities trader with Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, on the 89th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

Despite the sometimes cutthroat nature of that business, Brad was known as a kind, generous young man. He would come home to attend his younger brothers' sporting events, or to take them to games. The young man who preferred to let his birthday go by without celebration needed no special occasion to give to others. He would surprise his parents with gifts -

He liked to surprise his parents, like the time this summer he bought a DVD
player and the movie "Gladiator" for his father, set it up and paused at the
most exciting scene. "He called Frank into the family room and said, 'I have
something to show you,'" his mother recalled. "He laid back on the sofa with
that big smile of his and pressed the button ... He had the best smile."
(Hartford Courant)

He was the go-to guy in his family for setting up the electronics or fixing a problem with the computer.

He was an accomplished athelete, who had played both hockey and lacrosse in highschool and college.

And he was looking towards his future. He and girlfriend Brooke had been shopping for engagement rings only days before.

In a day filled with horror and chaos, Bradley had calmly telephoned his family at about 9 am to let them know that he was OK. He called his father, and then left messages for his mother and his girlfriend.

That is the last that anyone heard from him. At 9:02:54 am, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower, between the 78th and 84th floors. Within an hour, that tower would collapse.

His family has decided to honor Brad by establishing a scholarship fund in his memory. Though Brad has left us, his generosity lives on in the Bradley J. Fetchet Memorial Foundation

Links: - Bradley James Fetchet
Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods - 9/11
Deft Athelete Was a Role Model to Many
Voices of September 11 (Brad's mother is the Founding Director)
Connecticut's Living Memorial
Connecticut's Official List of Victims
Connecticut Remembers 9/11

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REMEMBERING 9/11 — Combined Joint Task Force-82 servicemembers salute during the 9/11 ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Timothy Dinneen - Story

In Today's News - Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Quote of the Day
War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder.
This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger.
This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others.
It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing.

--George W. Bush, Speech at National Cathedral, September 14, 2001

News of the Note
Six Years Later
The Day That Changed America - PHOTOS - VIDEO
Congress 334, Kucinich 1 (on a 9/11 memorial resolution. Scumbag)
Mourners Gather at Ground Zero for Sixth Memorial of Sept. 11 Attacks
Bin Laden Video: 9/11 Hijacker's 'Last Testament' - VIDEO
9/11 remembered - Slideshow
Factbox: Attacks of Sept. 11, 2001
Video: Bin Laden tape praises hijacker
U.S. remembers 9/11 attacks in solemnity - Video
Heads bow in memory of 9/11 victims
Sept. 11 anniversary marked overseas
Gates, Pace Vow to Pursue 9/11 Perpetrators
Troops in Afghanistan Hold Memorial Ceremony
Pentagon Worker Recalls 9/11 in Her Own Way
Troops Hold Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony - Story

Operation Iraqi Freedom
'No Single Moment' - Crocker, Petraeus testify before Congress
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Petraeus, Crocker Chat With Brit Hume
TRANSCRIPT: FOX News' Exclusive Sit-Down
Petraeus, Crocker Testify Before Congress: WATCH LIVE
Factbox: Senate reaction to testimony
Republicans sharply question Iraq policy
Iraqis starkly divided on future after report
Sadr movement may pull out of coalition
Rice plans to attend October Iraq meeting in Turkey
AP Poll: Most see Iraq war as failure

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghanistan's Karzai urges Taliban to negotiate

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
U.S. Base in Germany Receives Bomb Threat
Palestinian Rocket Blast Wounds 40 Israeli Soldiers
Syria complains of Israel 'aggression'
Leftist rebels say they bombed Mexico pipelines

Other Military News
Decommissioned Navy Ship Sought for Floating Homeless Shelter
Russia says builds most powerful vacuum bomb
President nominates Marine general as new commander

Worldwide Wackos
Developing states rap "interference" in Iran deal

Politics / Government
Former Prostitute Claiming Affair With Senator David Vitter to Provide Details
Senate Approves $1 Billion to Fix America's Bridges
Husband Shoots Wife Through 11-Month-Old Baby
Woman's Week-Long Kidnap, Torture May Be Hate Crime
Police Hand Over McCann Evidence to Prosecutor - VIDEO

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Boy thrust into immigration spotlight

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Police Search for Man Who Killed 4-Year-Old
Kiddie Porn Movie Rocks Toronto as 'Feel-Awful' Film of the Year
Report: Forensic Evidence Found in Rental Car Implicates Madeleine McCann's Parents
Lawyer Found Naked With Girl, 14, Pleads no Contest
Serial Rapist Requests Castration to Avoid Life Sentence
Jury Selection Starts for McDonald's Strip-Search Lawsuit
Cops: No Sign of Foul Play in Camille Cleverley's Death
Slain Preacher's Wife Seeks Custody of 3 Daughters
Former Math Teacher Pleads Guilty to Molesting Boy, 12
"I lost," top Colombian drug suspect tells captors
Wife who killed minister wants kids back
Pa. welfare department computers stolen
Va. sheriff gets 8 months for corruption

Adventures in Political Correctness
Kathy Griffin's Emmy Remarks About Jesus to Be Censored

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Harnessing the Internet to reinvent democracy
Court hears Jackson costume malfunction
CBS warns of censorship if bare breast edict stays

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Biofuels may harm (Ah, sweet irony)
World to pass dangerous warming limits
Top polluters to discuss climate goals
Study shows vitamin C's cancer-fighting properties
Can't quit chocolate? Don't fret, it's no addiction
Turns out Neanderthals had good oral hygiene
U.S. and China promise Americans lead-free toys
AMD CEO bullish on new chip - Video
Gifted research parrot Alex found dead
U.S. reports of drug reactions triple

Mother Nature
Tigers rediscovered in Indian rainforest

Pennsylvania Man Claims to Burn Salt Water
Town ditches traffic lights to cut accidents
Hey, big winner! Or maybe not..
Russian region to host Day of Conception

Other News of Note
Couch Potatoes Aid Search for Aviator Steve Fossett
Trade deficit declines slightly

Fox News
Former Pakistani PM Sharif Appeals Expulsion
Pop Tarts: Britney Spears’ Crummy 'Comeback' Comes as No Surprise to Insiders
GRRR! Britney Should Disappear to the Suburbs
Report: Vanessa Hudgens Once Sent Risqué Photos to Nickelodeon Star

Reuters: Top News
Pakistani ex-PM's party turns to Supreme Court - Video
Bosworth self-trained but with Oscar-feted tutors
'Green' is the magic word at car show
Radcliffe giggled through first sex scene
OPEC agrees to raise output 3:16PM EDT
VIENNA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia persuaded OPEC to raise oil output by 500,000 barrels per day on Tuesday in a gesture to consumer nations worried by the economic impact of $77 oil and rapidly diminishing fuel stocks. Full Article
Market climbs on rate cut hopes Video
Countrywide down on funding report
Oil up as supply concerns persist despite OPEC hike Video
American Eagle rises 8 percent after insider buy
More Investing News...
Crisis in Credit
House owners face refinancing trouble
Green fleets, fat profits on display
Blog: Ghosn "ties" into brand values
Market climbs on rate cut hopes, tech outlook
Banks, commodities lift FTSE as rate cut hopes grow
Consumers turn to plastic as home loans slow
NewsCorp won't pull videos from iTunes
July job turnover slowest pace since April 2006
Smart Online chief, brokers accused of stock fraud
Bernanke: current account gap cannot persist
Dubai World takes stake in MGM project

AP World News
Realtors predict drop in 2007 home sales
Browns dump Frye, clearing way for Quinn
Doctor: Bills' Everett won't walk again
Health insurance premiums rise 6.1 pct.
Last-minute rally lifts 49ers over Cards

CENTCOM: News Releases

Bold Quest 07 begins to test Coalition Combat ID - podcast
More about Bold Quest 07
New intelligence capability to aid in battlespace preparation for convoys - podcast
Empire Challenge 07 shows success of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance integration - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Quick Reaction Force keeps eyes on infantry
Air, ground Soldiers team up in raid
Logistically equipping the government of Iraq
Coalition Forces attacked at Camp Victory
ISF, local residents respond to VBIED attack in Mirk As Sufia
Coalition airpower supports Coalition ground forces in Iraq
Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces detain two al Qaeda cell leaders, five insurgents
East Baghdad raid yields cache, suspect
Iraqi Army forces detain illegal judge

Petraeus Cites Examples of Political Reconciliation - Story - Video
Crocker: Iran Plays 'Destablizing Role' in Iraq
Petraeus Says Surge Reducing Violence
Petraeus Reports on Surge Progress in Iraq
U.S. Ambassador Presents Iraq Progress Report
Most Iraqi Security Forces Can Lead Operations
Troop-Reduction Plan Has Solid Military Backing
Report to Congress on the Situation in Iraq (pdf)
Charts to Accompany Petraeus Testimony (pdf)
Videos: Petraeus, Crocker Sept. 10

All Services Meet Recruiting Goals for August
Special Ops Official Sets Priorities for Future

Coalition Forces Target al Qaeda Networks
Bush Commends Progress in Anbar Province
U.S. Forces Kill 12 in Helicopter Assault Raid
Petraeus Letter: Surge Gives Coalition Momentum

Forces Detain Taliban Commander in Ghazni
Forces Kill 30 Militants, Find Weapons
Petraeus Report - Report (PDF) - Slides (PDF)

Iraqis Manage Warehouse
Crews Install Solar Lights
Citizens Search for al Qaeda
Recruits Go to Boot Camp

Locals Turn in Munitions
Photos: Airmen Detonate Munitions

Tennessee Receives Honor

Sailor Serves in Cambodia
Vet Helps Recruiters
Brother, Sister Rebuild Iraq

Walkers Commemorate 9/11
Support Groups Spread Word
Paramus Residents Walk
Video: Freedom Walks
NCO Shares His View on Service - Story - Special

Workforce Learns How to Manage Warehouse - Story
Marine Engineers Wrap Up Deployment in Anbar - Story

Citizens Sweep Streets to Rid City of al Qaeda
Iraqi Crews Install Solar Lights on Roadways
Renovated School Features Internet Room
Soldiers Help Iraqis Rebuild Pump Station
Iraqi Police Lead Marines to Weapons Cache
Marines, Iraqis Sweep Area for Insurgents

Team Works to Improve Road in Titin Valley
Cadets Intern with Army Corps of Engineers

Children to Benefit from New Classrooms
Navy Program Fosters Good Will with Residents

Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
War on Terror Reconstruction Report
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Today in History
1609 - Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan island
1709 - English, Dutch & Austrians defeat French in Battle of Malplaquet
1773 - Benjamin Franklin writes "There never was a good war or bad peace."
1777 - Battle of Brandywine, Pa; Americans lose to British
1786 - Annapolis Convention to determine interstate commerce
1789 - Alexander Hamilton appointed Secretary of the Treasury
1814 - Battle of Lake Champlain, NY; Americans defeat British
1853 - 1st electric telegraph in use, Merchant's Exchange to Pt Lobos
1875 - 1st newspaper cartoon strip
1885 - Moses Hopkins, named minister to Liberia
1910 - 1st commercially successful electric bus line opens (Hollywood)
1919 - US marines invade Honduras
1922 - British mandate of Palestine begins
1923 - The ZR-1 (biggest active dirigible) flies over NY's tallest skyscraper, the Woolworth Tower
1926 - Aloha Tower dedicated in Honolulu
1929 - SF Mayor Rolph inaugurates new pedestrian traffic light system
1930 - Stomboli volcano (Sicily) throws 2-ton basaltic rocks 2 miles
1936 - FDR dedicates Boulder Dam, now known as Hoover Dam
1941 - Charles Lindbergh, charges "the British, the Jewish & the Roosevelt administration" are trying to get the US into WW II; FDR orders any Axis ship found in American waters be shot on sight
1944 - FDR & Churchill meet in Canada at the 2nd Quebec Conference
1946 - 1st mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation
1950 - 1st typesetting machine to dispense with metal type exhibited
1950 - Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence
1951 - Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim the English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes
1952 - West German Chancellor Adenauer signs a reparation pact for Jews
1960 - The 17th Olympic games close in Rome
1967 - US Surveyor 5 makes 1st chemical analysis of lunar material
1973 - Chile's President, Salvador Allende, deposed in a military coup
1985 - Intl Cometary Explorer (ISEE 3) passes Giacobini-Zinner by 7900 km
1986 - Dow Jones Industrial Avg suffered biggest 1-day decline ever, plummeting 86.61 points to 1,792.89. 237.57 million shares traded
1989 - Drexel formally pleads guilty to security fraud
1991 - 14 die in a Continental Express commuter plane crash near Houston
2001 - The worst terrorist attack on American soil - 2819+ die as a result of hijacked airplane attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Western Pennsylvania

1835 - Brigadier General William Wirt Allen, 1st Alabama Cavalry
1862 - O Henry (pen name of William Sidney Porter), short story writer
1877 - Sir James Jeans England, physicist/mathematician/astronomer
1909 - William Natcher (Rep-KY)
1917 - Ferdinand Marcos, Philippines Pres (1965-86)
1922 - Charles Evers, civil rights leader (Amazing Grace)
1924 - Daniel Kahikina Akaka (Rep-HI); Tom Landry NFL player (NY Giants), coach (Dallas Cowboys)
1928 - Reubin Askew (Gov-Fla)
1932 - Herbert "Sonny" Leon Callahan (Rep-AL); Robert Packwood (Sen-OR); Valentino, Italian fashion designer (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis)
1935 - Gherman Titov (USSR), 1st man to spend a day in space (Vostok 2)
1937 - Robert Crippen, Capt USN/astronaut (STS 1, 7, 41C, 41G)

1712 - GD Cassini, French astronomer
1948 - Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah
1971 - Nikita Khrushchev, of a heart attack at 77
1988 - Luis W. Alvarez, physicist (Nobel-1968), at 77

Reported Missing in Action
Anspach, Robert A., US Army SF (GA); KIA / BNR

Overly, Norris M., USAF (WV); B57 crashed (w/Petersen) - released February, 1968

Petersen, Gaylord Dean, USAF (CA); B57 crashed (w/Overly) remains returned August, 1978

Vandyke, Richard H., USAF (UT); F4D shot down, died of injuries - remains returned July, 1981

Helwig, Roger D., USAF (CO); F4D shot down (w/Stearns)

Stearns, Roger H., USAF (CO); F4D shot down (w/Helwig) - remains returned May, 1990

Plassmeyer, Bernard H., USMC (MO); A4E killed, presumed Killed

Heeren, Jerome D., USAF (SD); F4E shot down (w/Ratzlaff), released March, 1973 - alive as of 1996

Ratzlaff, Brian M., USAF (CA); F4E shot down (pilot, w/Heeren), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive as of 1998

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