Remembering Sept. 11

September 11th, 2011

Tough day for Joe, even with it being the glorious start of the Bucs season.  

The “Joe ” writing this can’t forget seeing his cousin Lenny on television and reading him quoted in the newspaper in the days following the heinous Sept. 11, 2011 attacks.

Lenny, then a very energetic dude in his 60s, was at the scene of the World Trade Center in New York helping look for his son, Marc, who had been working in a World Trade Center tower. Marc was a year older than Joe with two young sons. He was a super hardcore sports fan — like many in Joe’s family. (Yes, Joe’s quite certain Marc would have had NFL Network and not been held hostage by a cable company.)

Unfortunately, Marc was a victim of the terrorists and was never found. His memory lives on strong through a foundation and an annual benefit celebration.

An even closer relative to Joe served in combat in Vietnam and will not ever talk about it — never a peep. On that Sept. 11 day, he was in the center of the New York horror but escaped. Joe’s never heard his story. He won’t talk about that either, other than Joe once hearing him say it was worse than anything he saw in Vietnam.

Joe’s been watching various TV reports of people’s reaction to the anniversary of Sept. 11. Some take a political tone. Some don’t. The media has been hyping the day to drive viewers. So it goes across America.

Nearly everyone — including Bucs fans at today’s opening day — will take pause today at some point to remember the events of 9/11.

Joe just asks that you take that time seriously.

4 Responses to “Remembering Sept. 11”

  1. Mike Says:

    Joe, God Bless you and yor family. And God Bless America!

  2. canada buc fan Says:

    I watched flight 93 last night and I cant even imagine. God bless the families of victims and all those affected on this day.

  3. Capt.Tim Says:

    Amen Joe, and sympathies for your loss.

    And being here in Norfolk, VA, surrounded in the Arms of this countries great military, we see all to often that our young men and women are paying a price to prevent another atrocity like 9/11 from happening. They are fighting, and sometimes dying, to prevent those same fanatics from spreading their hatred to our shores. We are still at war with the people who are responsible for 9/11. And we are winning, but it is a hard and painful fight. The enemy is everywhere, and would rather attack women and children , than fight other men.

    In that moment of silence, perhaps you can say a small prayer for young people who are battling Terrorism even as we are watching Football.

    God Bless America. Go Bucs!

  4. Foxworth Says:

    I’ve been married twenty years today, this day wil never mean the same many lost husbans and wives still so sad, yet so proud of this great country and how we stand united. . . . God bless us all thankx for this moment joe ill keep it short scars seem so fresh my wife is from brooklyn and we will and the rest of the world will never forget