Friday, September 30, 2016

Deep Purple but not Aquatic

Margaret, my brother, Adam's, wife  is now more than two weeks into her attempt to stop smoking cigarettes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for her that it's her last attempt to stop and that she succeeds. (Did you know the nicotine patch comes in Christmas colors? Why would I know that, you ask. Don't ask.)

Today, twenty years ago was a Monday and here in Norwich, Connecticut, it was an evening on which our City Council met. I remember very clearly an agenda item for the City Council to formally endorse two multi-million dollar bond requests by the Board of Education to pass at referendum in November: To fund school construction and, to invest millions into information technology infrastructure for classrooms and offices across the then-eleven school buildings.

Neither proposal had been rapturously received by my fellow-citizens and neighbors and as the afternoon drew to a close, and darkness gathered, I stood at the side entrance to Norwich City Hall nervously smoking one cigarette after the other waiting for my appointment with the President of the City Council who offered to publicly endorse both bond requests if I could persuade him they were a good idea.

Norwich is big enough to hide in, but not to hide-out in and he and I knew one another. As a matter of fact, our son Patrick, delivered his newspaper to him most, if not actually all, mornings. He knew I was a big mouth and engaged in local school improvement efforts but despite all of that he was still interested in hearing about computers in classrooms.

It feels so quaint when I look at that paragraph but it was only twenty years ago. Less than twenty years previous to that, computers had been the size of rooms in your house and were called UNIVAC and other 'March of Technology' names. The infusion of converged technology into school classrooms was just starting.

Anyway, I had spent hours trying to find someone, anyone, to accompany me on my persuasion mission to City Hall. No takers. The stubbed out cigarette butts piled one upon the other in the ashtray left on the low wall separating City Hall from the surrounding sidewalk. I was lighting a new cigarette from the previous one; it was how I managed to have a three pack a day habit for twenty-two odd years.

This was decades after we knew the health risks and consequences of cigarette smoking but many years before we abandoned the mentality that 'the world is my ashtray and I can smoke anywhere.' However, I did know I couldn't smoke in City Hall (even then) as I changed the direction of my pacing outside in preparation to walking up three flights of stairs to the Council President's office.

I had time for one more cigarette before that but all my fingers found was an empty pack in my shirt pocket. And at that moment, and I'm still not sure why, I decided that my previous cigarette would be my last cigarette, ever.

The meeting went well, so well, the City Council President not only agreed to endorse the proposal, he offered to sponsor it and very publicly supported both bonds repeatedly. On Election Day, the voters approved both measures. My family survived my nicotine withdrawal for the most part; some days were longer than others, I'm sure, and I should be much more grateful for their love and support than I've ever let on, mainly because I am that guy (but I was that guy even when I smoked).

I have since figured out what to do after getting up in the morning, after having had a cup of coffee, after finishing a meal and what to do with my hands while driving. All of those things had always involved lighting up and smoking a cigarette, so I have some small sense of the struggles Margaret is going through and overcoming.

But I also know the sense of triumph she is starting to savor with every passing moment. I could warn her that even twenty years on I miss smoking cigarettes every day, but I'm pretty sure she already has an idea that will always hang over her. It's the additional quality in her life that she'll be having for every moment of it from here on in that will help assure she makes cigarette smoking history.
-bill kenny                 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

One for Each State and One to Grow On

Nothing profound or profane about the televised car crash Monday night on almost every channel and every frequency north, and south of the police calls. It's all been said or damn near and that's a good thing.

Except for an everyday situation women in our society endure and a "thing," a white guy of sixty-four years such as myself would have never noticed had my mother and father not taught me basic manners and courtesy.

One candidate interrupted the other 51 times in a shade under 100 minutes. Old news for too many for way too long.

You can think of it as happening every two minutes if you like but super-patriot that I know the orange crush guy to be, military academy for high school making him smarter than most of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, five draft deferments and all those receipts for donations of other people's money to veterans' causes to prove it, I regard the manterruptions as an homage to the nation he wants to get his little, tiny hands on.

Basically one Trump interruption of Clinton for every state in the union and Puerto Rico (maybe?). Makes Kanye with Taylor Swift look a little like Yeezy's auditioning for the Algonquin Roundtable. Of course, that really would be a sign of the coming Apocalypse.
-bill kenny

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Behind the Headlines

Maybe you saw the headline on Saturday's Bulletin in a story above the fold, a Connecticut Mirror news service report on "State Upholds Hospital Tax." The tax is old news, dating back to 2011 when the Malloy administration already cash-strapped, offered it, arguing that a tax on hospitals would bring Connecticut more federal funding.

The theory as I understand it was: tax hospitals and redistribute the money collected back to the healthcare industry and Connecticut would generate federal matching funds through the Medicaid program that would increase the total amount of money available for healthcare.

I don't know about you but I did not stay at a Holiday inn Express last night so the whole idea sounds more like 'take six inches off the back of the blanket and sew it on the front and you'll make the blanket a foot longer.' I really hope I oversimplified that, but I don't think so.

I forgot to mention that the state, almost from the time the tax was imposed in 2011, began decreasing the amount of the collected money it returned to the hospitals which meant less, rather than more, federal matching funds.

And then, as times got tougher all over and budgets grew tighter here in The Nutmeg State, the tax rate for the hospitals went up but the reimbursement back to the hospitals got smaller.

I think a lot of us get uncomfortable when we are faced with the reality that healthcare is a business and like all businesses, it turns a profit or it turns to dust. The Beatles were right when they sang "All You Need Is Love," but prescription drugs cost money. So do diagnostic tools like magnetic resonance imaging and the talented people who operate those tools and the doctors and others who save lives on a daily basis.

I'll be the first to admit, it was not the most interesting story to ever appear on the front page and the more you read, the more your eyes sort of cross and the harder the whole thing gets to follow. You can be forgiven if, like me on Saturday morning, you saw the whole thing as an update on some kind of a tug of war between state government bureaucrats and hospital CEO's.

Except Saturday morning, after two sips of coffee but before her cereal, my wife and the mother of our two children, complained of chest pains that, she said, felt very much like the pains she had experienced in early June last year when she had suffered a heart attack.

We live about a four-minute drive from Backus Hospital in Norwich and were in the emergency room in a little under two minutes probably because the road is all downhill and there was a tailwind.

Everyone at Backus Hospital, from S., the paramedic, to W., the registered nurse, to Doctor P., the emergency room physician, and Doctor B., the hospitalist, through to Dr. L., the cardiologist, were everything she, and we needed at exactly the moment we needed them.

Money can't buy you good health, but it can help pay for good hospitals and the people who work in them and we have those here in Connecticut. They shouldn't be a cash cow for a profligate state government to milk every time it lives beyond its means.
-bill kenny


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Middle more so than Moving

Lincoln and Douglas.

Kennedy and Nixon.

Clinton and Trump.

One of these things is not like the others. After last night you can guess which.
Nothing Is Revealed. 'Nuff Said.
-bill kenny

Monday, September 26, 2016

On All Platforms

The speed of light is much faster than the speed of sound which is why so many people seeking office can look good until you hear what they have to say. 

We'll get our chance to test this theory tonight at nine when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Democratic and Republican candidates for the office of the President of the United States have their first debate, moderated by Lester Holt of NBC News. If you needed my identification of either candidate in order to know who they were, do us all a favor and don't watch and then in November, don't vote. 

I've made my unhappiness at the selection in this election very obvious for a long time. Please don't get me wound up on the exclusion of both Gary "Where's Aleppo?" Johnson and Jill "anti-vaxxer" Stein (hopefully they'll both be watching tonight and will learn something). 

Over the weekend, Kim Kardashian announced she is supporting Mrs. Clinton and Senator Ted Cruz announced he will endorse Mr. Trump after explaining some months ago he could never support someone who insulted both his wife and his father. In light of how both these 'celebrities' make me feel (hint: it's not 'pretty, oh so pretty,' though it rhymes with that word), I'm thinking it's a wash.  

If you believe there's no difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and that your choice has been reduced to the lesser of two weasels, you may be right but this is what it is and these two are the choices. No, I'm not smiling as I type that. Watch tonight for substance and the presence of thought and facts in the answers and we'll talk again soon. 
-bill kenny

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Inside a Hollow Shell

Not quite predisposed towards whimsey here on the first Sunday of Autumn 2016 and I should point out it has nothing to do with our weather which is suitably autumnal (and quite lovely in many respects).

We had red and fallen maple leaves on the roof of our garage as I was leaving the house yesterday morning shortly after nine. I know a lot of folks enjoy the "leaf peeping" season and here in New England, it's a very successful magnet to draw out of area visitors, though as this website (to me) underscores, there's much to be said for the wisdom of the saying all things in moderation, even (and perhaps most especially) moderation itself.

I didn't really have time to do much yesterday in terms of reacting to the leaves on my garage as I was hurrying to the car to take my wife of nearly thirty-nine years to the emergency room of the hospital.

She complained of chest pains and feeling much like she had after her heart attack in June of last year and we live a four-minute drive from the hospital. We were there in less than two. They'll keep her until at least Monday which gives her respite from me but officially it's to make sure the pneumonia that the x-ray in the ER revealed is all the serious malady she has for now.

We promised ourselves we would love one another forever and for a very long panic-filled moment yesterday morning, I had feared the definition of forever had been changed.
-bill kenny

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Alex and Donny

I'm not going to go on about the uncaring remark about refugees made by the son of one of those seeking the office of the US Presidency because Junior is, in my jaundiced view, an abject waste of skin and his catty and caustic comment wasn't even his own (absence of originality has been a hallmark of his dad (a/k/a "The Orange Skittle") and his campaign for the White House from the day it started with a bad rehash of Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign slogan).

I'm not going to waste the bandwidth to share his social media comment that wasn't actually his own. But he does prove again that a picture is worth a thousand words. I guess it depends on the picture, because try as I might, between us I have no words for this.

So I'll listen to this young man's words again on behalf of all us and hope he's part of who we are in this country and not what we once were.
-bill kenny

Friday, September 23, 2016

Letting Go of the Past

Thirty-three years ago this morning, at twenty minutes after nine (or thereabouts), I stopped being in the United States Air Force. It was, more or less, a mutual decision; we both decided to see other people. I offered to turn in the clothes, both the olive-drab (pre-battle dress uniform (BDU) days) utility uniforms and the off we go into the wild blue yonder blue ones and was thrilled beyond words when they opted to keep their haircuts.

I never really got the hang of the haircuts. When I asked the recruiter in East Brunswick, New Jersey, a wise old Master Sergeant about the haircut we'd get in Air Force basic military training (BMTS) at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas (the largest airbase in the world without a landing strip, I kid you not), he paused and looking very steadily  at me offered, 'your hair will be much closer to your head than far away.' Believe it or not, he was right on the money with that.

In the years I served, I learned there were two types of haircuts men got in the military. One was the haircut they got when they needed one and the other was the kind they got when they were told they needed one. You strove to avoid the latter and in my eight years of active (if not enthusiastic) service, I prided myself  on never needing to be told to get a haircut.

I was never a big fan of head gear either, I should add. It was the era before everything and everyone had ball caps (except baseball players) and no one I know, in any service, ever enjoyed the bus driver hat (the formal one we've seen in all the photos) or the flight cap for which we had a rather coarse nickname I shan't repeat here but I certainly used enough in my time. It always seemed to me that in the interest of "uniform" appearance, if we all wore the same cover, who cared about the haircuts.

For reasons I never fully understood, I failed to press that argument successfully to those in charge of my every waking and sleeping moment. I always suspected the Air Force was a leisure time activity of the barbers' union or some other hirsute conspiracy because no matter the discussion (we never argued in the Air Force; actually, those of us who were jeeps never argued upwards) and no matter how correct your position or research, the famous last words always seemed to be "and you need a haircut." And I certainly never got to say them.

So in honor of a moment of my personal past I've passed out of, I'll walk past the barber shop during my lunch break and not hop up into the chair and ask for the special. I decided long ago that eight (years) was enough. It was a close shave, but I've never regretted not living on the knife's edge.
-bill kenny        

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Freedom from Choice

Acquaintances ask me if I'm a Republican or Democrat (a question as we near Election Day will have a larger resonance I suspect) and I don't know how to answer. I used to tell people I considered myself a 'relentless pragmatist' which didn't, and doesn't, sit well with those whose ideology drives their belief and value system instead of vice versa

We have, as I see it early on a Thursday morning four dozen days away from the second most important Presidential election in my lifetime (the first, JFK and RMN happened before I was eight years old and I really didn't grasp it. Not only had we not yet walked on the moon we'd not even escaped the Earth's gravity. It was, indeed, another America), we've devolved from a political system where 'the idea' is paramount to one where 'the game' is the definer. 

Did it begin with the "New Nixon" and his Southern Strategy in the late sixties and early Seventies? Did Reagan Republicans (a Citizens United blog operation?) collide with Clinton Democrats and produce Newt Gingrich and Bush Père et Fils? And if any or even all of that is true how to explain the unhappiness that permeated the primary season on both sides of the aisle and produced the survivors of the demolition derby we have before us now?

I don't pretend to know enough political science to explore any of that or to even realize it may well all be pap and crap. I do remember an American politics where there was dialogue and not diatribe, where reasoned and researched discussion trumped bumper stickers and sound bytes, where we lowered our voices but never our expectations where government was always part of the solution and never the problem, but that America has gone the way of high top sneakers, it seems, and old school is for old fools. 

We no longer vote our hopes and dreams but our fears and failings. We decide truth and accuracy of facts on how we feel on any given day. And despite, or more likely, because of all of that we are then surprised when we're reduced to a choice of cancer or polio. If you wonder who is to blame, look no further than your mirror. 
-bill kenny

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Enough to Eat Is a Basic Right

If you remember the old expression, “a penny for your thoughts,” you probably aren’t surprised to learn the going rate now is more like 37 cents.  (Not necessarily for any of mine, but that’s a rant for another time). A trip down the aisle of your local grocery store confirms a dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to. 

So you can very easily imagine just how far $4.17 a day doesn’t go when that’s all you have to spend on groceries. I’m not talking about just for lunch or actually for any particular meal. I mean for the entire day. And if you are someone, or know someone, who receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, no imagination at all is required. That is a seven day a week reality.

And with SNAP benefit recipients numbering into the hundreds of thousands here in a state that’s ranked fourth highest in median household income in the United States, it means when we look to either side of us, there’s a pretty good chance we’re looking at someone trying and failing to make do.

September is more than back to school and the end of summer. September is Hunger Action Month, HAM, an effort by the Connecticut Food Bank to raise our awareness of what far too many of our neighbors go through on a daily basis to make ends reach even though the ends keep moving and an opportunity for each of us to help all of us.

The Connecticut Food Bank prepares about 17 million meals annually for people across our state and throughout our communities, which is a mind-numbing number to someone like me who gets hungry at the thought of missing a meal (and my reflection in the mirror suggests I don’t make a habit of that). 

That is a lot of food and yet, it’s still not enough to feed the need.

I’m not talking about helping many, or even any, of those who are indeed in need of assistance we read about in some far corner of the globe, and who sometimes seem (perhaps only me) to be more of an abstraction than an ongoing situation, but right here.

Another expression suggests “charity begins at home,” and here on the home front a lot of people don’t start the day with a good breakfast, probably skip lunch and end up going to bed hungry after dinner because there’s just so much Connecticut Food Bank and all of their partners throughout the state can do to help.

That’s where we come in.

By volunteering time or donating food and money to people like St. Vincent de Paul Place, here in Norwich, or places like the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, in New London, we do more than just put food on plates. We show one another that no matter what happens, we are here for each other.

Actions always speak louder than words so during Hunger Action Month do more than talk. Help
-bill kenny                 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Going Out of Summer Sale

Tomorrow is the last day of Summer 2016. 

Maybe you cannot see the banners and signs but in my mind's eye, I sure can. Everything must go! Additional markdowns will be taken at the register! No reasonable offer refused! 

Back when I was a wee slip of a lad, summers seemed to go on forever. We used to spring out of bed to better get a head start on doing absolutely nothing until late in the afternoon when, with a little luck, a marathon baseball game would break out on the dirt field up the street from the Girard's house. No one kept score and nobody cared who won or lost. Players would come and go for hours, heading home for dinner or to go shopping with Mom and then return hours later sometimes having to be on the other team. 

Usually what we did, depending on how good the player returning really was might be that he would have to wait to rejoin the game until another player showed up to balance him out. Mid-inning trades were also not unknown. The games went on until the daylight was dying or, more correctly, had died and then Mr. Girard would back his car out of the carport and turn the headlights on to wash over the field so we could wrap it finally (until tomorrow when it began again).

We did this for years until someone bought the lot and built a house on it. We all hated the people who moved in to live there. And, much later, when the house burned down, I felt a twinge of guilt even though I had nothing to do with what happened; the power of wishing and its consequences, I guess.

As I got older the summers got shorter and when our Pat and Mike were smaller it was fun to watch the cycle begin again with them. Soon we'll be in the 'leaf peeping' that everyone associates with New England weekends in the fall. But for me, it's already too late. I hate autumn-I can smell the scent of all things dying even before they actually do and I'm left with memories of the summer to get me through the winter into the following spring. All of which serves to remind me: Enjoy what you have, while you have it.
-bill kenny

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Suitable Gesture

I've mentioned more than once that I am child of Rock and Roll. I had no older brothers or sisters, so my first music was my parents' but when "I Want To Hold Your Hand" came out of the car radio, and Dad reached for the off switch, I was hooked for life and probably beyond. I note this because as much as I can quote rock music the way others offer passages from the Bible, I've never had any illusions as to what else it is or what else it can (and cannot) do.

Many years ago, National Lampoon's Radio Dinner skewered George Harrison and The Concert for the People of Bangladesh with a running gag about how the 'kid on the album cover' was now a student enrolled at Harvard. Their point, through the smoke and coughing, was, I think, sometimes we take ourselves too seriously and while we do want to go to heaven, just as sincerely, we do not want to die.

I'm not sure how many of us paid attention to Nat Lamp. Live Aid was an achingly beautiful idea driven by the sincere and completely obnoxious, "Do They Know It's Christmas Time?" I cringe watching that video clip and wonder to this day, 'who are these people? And what the heck happened to their hair?' But I remember watching all of it live in our apartment in Offenbach am Main with friends, as we spent hours moving from one apartment to the next having a wonderful time, thinking we were doing something for all those starving in Africa about whom we knew absolutely nothing and--HURRY UP Paul McCartney is on!

We weren't helping anyone, most especially among us that champion poser Phil Collins, a regular guy really (take my word for it), who boarded a Concorde after performing at Wembley and flying to the USA so he could play on stage outdoors in Philadelphia. Talk about contradiction- we were oblivious to it! And can you blame us? We were saving the world. Speaking of the orb, can we agree to skip over the "USA for Africa" response, "We Are the World"? Long before I had any idea as to who Kanye West was (hint: almost rhymes with El Paso), I feared he'd show up even there.

There was the telethon for New Orleans after Katrina (come to think of it, Kanye was out of the box then as well wasn't he? And Beyonce was years away from puttin' a ring on it. As for Taylor Swift, two words: pre school) and even low-profile benefit records like Miami Steve's musical boycott of Sun City (and again, Bruce is YELLING?!), the list goes on and all of them are just awful music, really. You hoped I wouldn't even mention the benefit record from our friends in Canada, the Northern Lights. Hope is a good thing, innit?

I thought that whole 'let's sing something, anything, and get people to buy it because it's noble and we'll all feel better' trend was over. It seems to have skipped the current generation-I mean what are they going to do, a benefit ringtone concert? Turns out, have no fear! Older, a little longer in the tooth, punchier in the paunch and lighter along the hairline, my generation is back. One night only, next Sunday, the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.

Am I opposed to the idea or the ideals of the concert? Of course not. I wish the artists, the audience and ALL of us only the best of success but between you and me I'm not counting on it. We are a species that if we can't eat it or have sex with it, we use it to kill someone, no matter what "it" is. But this time could be different. From your lips to God's ear. 

From space, I'm told, we all look pretty much alike which, I fear, is why no one from anywhere else in the universe has come calling. Which is too bad in a way because we'd certainly know how to greet them. With a gun.
-bill kenny

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Occupation: Part-Time Roamin' Numeral

Today Michelle and I become momentary members of Sue's Crew VIII in support of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy (New Jersey) Janice Garbolino 5 K Run/Walk in Edison, New Jersey. You can already guess which event I'm hoping to do, even if I do it badly.

My brother, Adam and his wife, Margaret and members of their family have been involved in this event for almost a decade (actually, VIII years but who's counting) for sadly familiar reasons that we can only hope someday will only be a memory as we work to make cancer history. I'm in it for the tee-shirt when should I finish.

It was quite a drive for us, and we're not the only travelers and I suspect our journey wasn't anywhere near the longest, but it's all well worth it for the cause and the people involved in it.

There's a long way yet to go and all that's been made is a start. But we've come a long way; it's been a long ride. We've come a long way to be here tonight.
-bill kenny  

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Hours of Light

Today is a travel day of sorts. Our daughter, Michelle, and I are driving for hours later so that in the oh bright early that is tomorrow she can run, and I can walk, a relatively short distance to support the fight against breast cancer. That, however, is a tale for the telling tomorrow and I shall, regardless if you are to read it (I don't think it really matters to me).

I found a story that cheered me to my core which I want to share with you in the event you are in need of a moment to exhale, decompress and just smile at a world that goes on around us despite (and often because of) what we do and don't do to, and for, one another and all the creatures with whom we share the planet.

Stories about dolphins have always fascinated me, even before the magic of Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe. A fish that's really a mammal, smart as a whip and faster than lightning. What's not to love?

I hope, more than actually believe, the story's suggestion of a language and yes, I get all the disclaimers and the warnings. Talk about harshing my buzz, or as a dolphin might say, 'click-click, pop-click!' or sounds to that effect. I will hang my desire for this to be real and true right up there with Jiminy Cricket's wishing star because we all share the planet with too many people who make  your brain hurt just thinking about talking to them. I should know, I am one.

Dolphins would freshen up the IQ pool which is in desperate need of chlorination, and maybe even fluoridation as well, and I get excited thinking about what we could learn from them when or if we discovered and demarcated our similarities and differences.

I assume they would not root for or against the Miami Marlins, or the New Orleans Pelicans out of professional courtesy and I'm pretty sure offering them a tuna fish sandwich in light of close calls on the high seas would be a major social faux pas. But we have years of worry and work as a species before we get to have any of those concerns (assuming we don't manage to poison the planet or set it alight in a nuclear accident in the meantime).

"Farewell Plymouth, your morning cold and grey is painting shadows on my thoughts. And we're bound for nowhere. Joseph, I know you're trusting me to see you right.And I know you can't stand the fighting for one more night.

"Joseph, the mud gives way to coral somewhere and the hours of light they last and last. We'll see no more hostile flag there from craft unknown. We will have grown free from sighing. Singing the dolphin through; singing the dolphin through; singing the dolphin through still waters."
-bill kenny


Friday, September 16, 2016

Ian Matthews Was Right

Things got a little warm and too close for comfort recently at the very top of the world, and it had a lot to do with global warming  but a whole MORE to do with polar bears. If you can read this dispatch from NBC, thank a Literacy Volunteer.

Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues notwithstanding, even on a perfectly calm day, there is still some need and use for a meteorologist if for nothing else than to NOT get the dog who's no longer there.

I love this line: "The meteorologists ran out of signal flares that they had been using to scare away the bears, which had previously eaten their guard dog." School kids everywhere who have insisted to incredulous teachers since time began that 'the dog ate my homework' must surely be feeling some small measure of revenge and redemption right about now. And flare manufacturers must be pretty happy about that uptick in sales.

Not actually Jules and the Polar Bears but close
I'm blaming this whole Nick Danger escapade requirement on those wily Chinese who always get the better of America in trade deals says one (very orange) candidate for US President, since, according to that same candidate, global warming is a hoax from those same Chinese. And they already have a yuuuge wall. Go figure.

Kidding aside (yeah, that was what the previous paragraph purported to be), it seems to me from a safe distance, further proof we are damaging a planet that may no longer be able to heal itself. Our genius for self-inflicted destruction aside, we may just succeed in taking every other living creature with us in our ignorance and arrogance.
-bill kenny

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Revisiting Highway 61 Revisited

This almost, but not quite, slipped through without notice on my plot within the ant-farm with beepers here on the South Forty that I call my life. I was born at night, but not last night.

I have a calendar; I know what Sunday was and am also aware of what began Monday. What the fire in Fort Pierce should tell all of us is that the spiral of hate is continuing. The eye for an eye that will leave us all blind while searching frantically for pointed sticks just keeps on keeping on. The authorities have someone in custody and this is where I note 'innocent until proven guilty' except that's not my big point (the one under my hat).

Me and My Invisible Friend can beat up you and yours and if  we wrangle until time ends to settle that, well, that's just fine by me and mine, though generations to come will have no idea what any of this warfare is about. At some point, we can all start to call it a tradition so that we don't have to think too much about it because too much thinking rarely does anyone any good anymore. especially us.

All the fighting over New and Old Testaments and whose book is better ceased a long time ago to make any difference, at least to me. The only testament I'm looking at is my own last one and maybe if each of us did a little contemplation of our own navels, we'd have a bit more introspection before force-feeding our rosaries and prayer rugs to one another. Maybe. And maybe not.

And Abe said 'where You want this killin' done?' And God said 'do it down on Highway 61.'
-bill kenny  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

One Too Many Turns Out on the Road

I’m sure I walked past the Reid & Hughes Building on Main Street in downtown Norwich after we moved here in the autumn of ’91 but before it was taken by the city in foreclosure for back taxes. I didn’t notice it then and why should, or would, I?

From what I’ve been told for decades by all kinds of folks on every side of the issue about what to do with it, the building ceased to be a destination and a department store long before it became another derelict address basically indistinguishable from all the other broken buildings in a downtown that people then, and now, cannot seem to drive through fast enough. 

In the twenty-three years the city has owned it, very little time, talent and money was invested, to save, repurpose and rehabilitate any aspect of a building that, as part of the Downtown Norwich Historic District, was included on the National Register of Historic Places thanks in no small part to the efforts of Dale Plummer. 

As unkind as the sentence reads, it's the one unavoidable conclusion if almost nothing else about the growing discussion in connection to the building that was crystal clear in the report the City Manager, John Salomone, offered to our neighbors, the men and women of our City Council, a week ago yesterday. 

I emphasized the “our neighbors” part in the previous sentence since passions about the building’s future, and/or lack of one will only get more heated even as a possible decision is made at this coming Monday’s City Council meeting. 

Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, we lose sight of how the “they” we choose for elected offices are always really “us” in discussions about decisions made by local governance. Processes should be abstract; those who make them and those who are affected by them must always be thought of as people because they are.

I stopped on the sidewalk in front of Reid and Hughes over the weekend just to remind myself, again, of its actual size and its appearance if not its condition. The discussions about the building at least for me sometimes obscure the physical fact that it’s only four stories tall, though the stories some people can tell about it go on a lot longer than that.

It’s certainly a part of a lot of people’s pasts. But how much of our collective future is not yet certain. As it is, there’s a history of missed opportunities, muddled decisions, apathy and indifference in Norwich. Remember that the Mercantile Exchange, The Wauregan and Artspace (among others) were all touted as projects that could turn around downtown. 

I mention that not to play the blame game — there’s plenty to go around among everyone from back then until right now — but to weigh against assurances that this time, the expense and work of reclaiming Reid & Hughes will prove, indeed, to be the charm. 

If wishing made it so, it might well be true but that, I fear, is one too many stories I’ve been told.  
-bill kenny        

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Knob-Job?

I stopped listening to over-the-air radio in my car a number of years ago. Someone stole it out of my car. While I was driving. Brrrrmmp (just kidding. This is perhaps the only blog that has its own drummer; be thankful for small mercies.). 

Radio here in SE Connecticut isn't that difficult to stop listening to--it's less than okay, no matter what flavor of radio you like. To my ear (and my opinion only) the chatter on the police and fire radio frequencies (trouble calls, et al), is better than most of the programming on the stations.

I'm not sure why, exactly and not completely comfortable with it simply being labeled 'the radio guys' fault' only. Nothing sounds this awful by accident. Sometime back I attempted the satellite radio solution.

That was when we had the Subaru Forester which had a CD multi disc player (though NOT at the same time; the literalist in me was keenly disappointed) and a cassette player along with an AM/FW radio with a weather frequency.

I don't think I understand weather radio and despite scaring some people with the insistent repetitiveness with which I ask them about it, I've never actually known anyone who admits to listening to it. 

It's like the Weather Channel on TV: I want my forecast, right now and no drama. What? I have that as an application on my cell phone already? Then never mind. Take that station out of my cable package and off my radio, Thanks. And don't stand in the pouring rain.

There's only one satellite radio station, to my knowledge, now as the two that once existed merged into one to the less than total delight of their subscribers who feared the worst and then got those fears realized in terms of pricing, service and fidelity (but the shareholders did well and that's really what is important here). Every time I think about subscribing, things happen and I think again.

I always get the person on the phone at the satellite company who cannot understand (or accept) why 'you don't want Howard Stern in your package?' Buddy, I don't care if that's what the kids are calling it these days, I don't want Howie anywhere near it or me. It's just a matter of personal taste in much the same way as I hate watching baseball on Fox. It's me, I'm sure, and I think we should leave it at that.

Anyway, the new company with all new packages and (of course) pricing plans is unable to verify that our Subaru Impreza even has a satellite receiver, based on the string of numbers and letters I spit into the receiver when prompted ("and then push the pound key"). And I've contacted Subaru who made the car, and I hope everything in it, who insists the satellite radio folks don't know what they're talking about.

This may take awhile, I fear, and in the meantime as I drive along on the interstates here in The Nutmeg State because nothing is ever placed near where you live (I think it's a law), I keep an eye out for the HOV lane markings on I-91 because adding that was what was keeping it from being the absolute worst highway in America. You're welcome.

Unless they add lanes for this, in which case, I guess I will be thinking about that Howard Stern package. Incessantly.
-bill kenny

Monday, September 12, 2016

Show of Hands

Remember back in the days of Driver's Ed, the position of your hands on the steering wheel? Yep, good old ten and two on the analog clock face. In recent years, that clock face has been updated a little bit but the thought is about the same.

I'm thinking maybe I know of at least one someone who learned how to drive in the digital age and what he does with his digits is nearly as cringeworthy as it is newsworthy.

Just think of it as yet another reason why those hands-free cell phone laws for cars are a less than good idea. After all, we all know exactly where the devil's workshop is located. Right there, at the end of each arm, just below the wrist.
-bill kenny  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Day of Despair and Death

I wrote this five years ago in an effort to make sense of the unfathomable horror of the darkest day on the calendar in my lifetime. It's been fifteen years since The Hurt that Never Heals and each of us alive on 9/11/01 is alone today with memories of what was and what will never be again.

Who we are now is no longer who we were then even for those not yet born when the horrible happened. Such is the nature and pace of time. Everything is always old and always new, for some. Even today, or more especially today. 

"And the world changed that day, forever some will say; when New York had her heart broke."

World Trade Center Victims (not including plane crews and passengers)

Gordon M. Aamoth, Jr., Edelmiro Abad, Maria Rose Abad, Andrew Anthony Abate, Vincent Abate, Laurence Christopher Abel, William F. Abrahamson, Richard Anthony Aceto, Jesus Acevedo Rescand,Heinrich Bernhard Ackermann, Paul Acquaviva, Donald LaRoy Adams, Patrick Adams, Shannon Lewis Adams, Stephen George Adams, Ignatius Udo Adanga, Christy A. Addamo, Terence E. Adderley, Jr., Sophia Buruwad Addo, Lee Allan Adler, Daniel Thomas Afflitto, Emmanuel Akwasi Afuakwah, Alok Agarwal, Mukul Kumar Agarwala, Joseph Agnello, David Scott Agnes, Brian G. Ahearn, Jeremiah Joseph Ahern, Joanne Marie Ahladiotis, Shabbir Ahmed, Terrance Andre Aiken, Godwin Ajala, Gertrude M. Alagero, Andrew Alameno, Margaret Ann Alario, Gary M. Albero, Jon Leslie Albert, Peter Alderman, Jacquelyn Delaine Aldridge, David D. Alger, Sarah Ali-Escarcega, Ernest Alikakos, Edward L. Allegretto, Eric Allen, Joseph Ryan Allen, Richard Dennis Allen, Richard Lanard Allen, Christopher E. Allingham,Janet M. Alonso, Arturo Alva-Moreno, Anthony Alvarado, Antonio Javier Alvarez, Victoria Alvarez-Brito,Telmo E. Alvear, Cesar Amoranto Alviar, Tariq Amanullah, Angelo Amaranto, James M. Amato, Joseph Amatuccio, Christopher Charles Amoroso, Kazuhiro Anai, Calixto Anaya, Jr., Joseph Anchundia, Kermit Charles Anderson, Yvette Constance Anderson, John Andreacchio, Michael Rourke Andrews, Jean Ann Andrucki, Siew-Nya Ang, Joseph Angelini, Jr., Joseph Angelini, Sr., Laura Angilletta, Doreen J. Angrisani, Lorraine Antigua, Peter Paul Apollo, Faustino Apostol, Jr., Frank Thomas Aquilino, Patrick Michael Aranyos, David Arce, Michael George Arczynski, Louis Arena, Adam P. Arias, Michael Armstrong, Jack Charles Aron, Joshua Aron, Richard Avery Aronow, Japhet Jesse Aryee, Patrick Asante, Carl Asaro, Michael Asciak, Michael Edward Asher, Janice Marie Ashley, Thomas J. Ashton, Manuel O. Asitimbay, Gregg Arthur Atlas, Gerald T. Atwood, James Audiffred, Louis Frank Aversano, Jr., Ezra Aviles, Sandy Ayala, Arlene T. Babakitis, Eustace P. Bacchus, John J. Badagliacca, Jane Ellen Baeszler, Robert J. Baierwalter, Andrew J. Bailey, Brett T. Bailey, Tatyana Bakalinskaya, Michael S. Baksh, Sharon M. Balkcom, Michael Andrew Bane, Katherine Bantis, Gerard Baptiste, Walter Baran, Gerard A. Barbara, Paul Vincent Barbaro, James William Barbella, Ivan Kyrillos F. Barbosa, Victor Daniel Barbosa, Colleen Ann Barkow, David Michael Barkway, Matthew Barnes, Sheila Patricia Barnes, Evan J. Baron, Renee Barrett-Arjune, Nathaly Barrios La Cruz, Arthur Thaddeus Barry, Diane G. Barry, Maurice Vincent Barry, Scott D. Bart, Carlton W. Bartels, Guy Barzv, Inna B. Basina, Alysia Basmajian, Kenneth William Basnicki,Steven Bates, Paul James Battaglia, Walter David Bauer, Jr., Marlyn Capito Bautista, Jasper Baxter, Michele Beale, Paul Frederick Beatini, Jane S. Beatty, Lawrence Ira Beck, Manette Marie Beckles, Carl John Bedigian, Michael Earnest Beekman, Maria A. Behr, Yelena Belilovsky, Nina Patrice Bell, Debbie Bellows, Stephen Elliot Belson, Paul M. Benedetti, Denise Lenore Benedetto, Maria Bengochea,Bryan Craig Bennett, Eric L. Bennett, Oliver Duncan Bennett, Margaret L. Benson, Dominick J. Berardi, James Patrick Berger, Steven Howard Berger, John P. Bergin, Alvin Bergsohn, Daniel Bergstein, Michael J. Berkeley, Donna M. Bernaerts, David W. Bernard, William Bernstein, David M. Berray, David S. Berry, Joseph J. Berry, William Reed Bethke, Timothy Betterly, Edward Frank Beyea, Paul Beyer, Anil Tahilram Bharvaney, Bella J. Bhukhan, Shimmy D. Biegeleisen, Peter Alexander Bielfeld, William G. Biggart, Brian Bilcher, Carl Vincent Bini, Gary Eugene Bird. Joshua David Birnbaum, George John Bishop, Jeffrey Donald Bittner, Albert Balewa Blackman, Jr., Christopher Joseph Blackwell, Susan Leigh Blair, Harry Blanding, Jr., Janice Lee Blaney, Craig Michael Blass, Rita Blau, Richard Middleton Blood, Jr., Michael Andrew Boccardi, John P. Bocchi, Michael Leopoldo Bocchino, Susan M. Bochino, Bruce D. Boehm, Mary Catherine Boffa, Nicholas Andrew Bogdan, Darren Christopher Bohan, Lawrence Francis Boisseau,Vincent M. Boland, Jr., Alan Bondarenko, Andre Bonheur, Jr., Colin Arthur Bonnett, Frank Bonomo, Yvonne Lucia Bonomo, Genieve Bonsignore, Seaon Booker, Sherry Ann Bordeaux, Krystine Bordenabe, Martin Boryczewski, Richard Edward Bosco, John H. Boulton, Francisco Eligio Bourdier, Thomas Harold Bowden, Jr., Kimberly S. Bowers, Veronique Nicole Bowers, Larry Bowman, Shawn Edward Bowman, Jr.,Kevin L. Bowser, Gary R. Box, Gennady Boyarsky, Pamela Boyce, Michael Boyle, Alfred Braca, Kevin Bracken, David Brian Brady, Alexander Braginsky, Nicholas W. Brandemarti, Michelle Renee Bratton, Patrice Braut, Lydia E. Bravo, Ronald Michael Breitweiser, Edward A. Brennan III, Francis Henry Brennan, Michael E. Brennan, Peter Brennan, Thomas M. Brennan, Daniel J. Brethel, Gary Lee Bright, Jonathan Briley, Mark A. Brisman, Paul Gary Bristow, Mark Francis Broderick, Herman Charles Broghammer, Keith A. Broomfield, Ethel Brown, Janice Juloise Brown, Lloyd Stanford Brown, Patrick J. Brown, Bettina Browne, Mark Bruce, Richard George Bruehert, Andrew Brunn, Vincent Brunton, Ronald Paul Bucca, Brandon J. Buchanan, Gregory Joseph Buck, Dennis Buckley, Nancy Clare Bueche, Patrick Joseph Buhse, John Edwards Bulaga, Jr., Stephen Bunin, Matthew J. Burke, Thomas Daniel Burke, William Francis Burke, Jr., Donald J. Burns, Kathleen Anne Burns, Keith James Burns, John Patrick Burnside, Irina Buslo, Milton G. Bustillo, Thomas M. Butler, Patrick Byrne, Timothy G. Byrne, Jesus Neptali Cabezas, Lillian Caceres, Brian Joseph Cachia, Steven Dennis Cafiero, Jr., Richard M. Caggiano, Cecile Marella Caguicla, Michael John Cahill, Scott Walter Cahill, Thomas Joseph Cahill, George Cain,Salvatore B. Calabro, Joseph Calandrillo, Philip V. Calcagno, Edward Calderon, Kenneth Marcus Caldwell, Dominick Enrico Calia, Felix Calixte, Frank Callahan, Liam Callahan, Luigi Calvi, Roko Camaj, Michael F. Cammarata, David Otey Campbell, Geoffrey Thomas Campbell, Jill Marie Campbell, Robert Arthur Campbell, Sandra Patricia Campbell, Sean Thomas Canavan, John A. Candela, Vincent Cangelosi, Stephen J. Cangialosi, Lisa Bella Cannava, Brian Cannizzaro, Michael Canty, Louis Anthony Caporicci, Jonathan Neff Cappello, James Christopher Cappers, Richard Michael Caproni, Jose Manuel Cardona, Dennis M. Carey, Steve Carey, Edward Carlino, Michael Scott Carlo, David G. Carlone, Rosemarie C. Carlson, Mark Stephen Carney, Joyce Ann Carpeneto, Ivhan Luis Carpio Bautista, Jeremy M. Carrington, Michael Carroll, Peter Carroll, James Joseph Carson, Jr., Marcia Cecil Carter, James Marcel Cartier, Vivian Casalduc, John Francis Casazza, Paul R. Cascio, Margarito Casillas, Thomas Anthony Casoria, William Otto Caspar, Alejandro Castano, Arcelia Castillo, Germaan Castillo Garcia,Leonard M. Castrianno, Jose Ramon Castro, Richard G. Catarelli, Christopher Sean Caton, Robert John Caufield, Mary Teresa Caulfield, Judson Cavalier, Michael Joseph Cawley, Jason David Cayne, Juan Armando Ceballos, Jason Michael Cefalu, Thomas Joseph Celic, Ana Mercedes Centeno, Joni Cesta, Jeffrey Marc Chairnoff, Swarna Chalasani, William Chalcoff, Eli Chalouh, Charles Lawrence Chan, Mandy Chang, Mark Lawrence Charette, Gregorio Manuel Chavez, Delrose E. Cheatham, Pedro Francisco Checo, Douglas MacMillan Cherry, Stephen Patrick Cherry, Vernon Paul Cherry, Nester Julio Chevalier, Swede Chevalier, Alexander H. Chiang, Dorothy J. Chiarchiaro, Luis Alfonso Chimbo, Robert Chin, Wing Wai Ching, Nicholas Paul Chiofalo, John Chipura, Peter A. Chirchirillo, Catherine Chirls, Kyung Hee Cho, Abul K. Chowdhury, Mohammad Salahuddin Chowdhury, Kirsten L. Christophe, Pamela Chu, Steven Chucknick, Wai Chung, Christopher Ciafardini, Alex F. Ciccone, Frances Ann Cilente, Elaine Cillo, Edna Cintron, Nestor Andre Cintron III, Robert Dominick Cirri, Juan Pablo Cisneros-Alvarez, Benjamin Keefe Clark, Eugene Clark, Gregory Alan Clark, Mannie Leroy Clark, Thomas R. Clark, Christopher Robert Clarke, Donna Marie Clarke, Michael J. Clarke, Suria Rachel Emma Clarke, Kevin Francis Cleary, James D. Cleere, Geoffrey W. Cloud, Susan Marie Clyne, Steven Coakley, Jeffrey Alan Coale, Patricia A. Cody, Daniel Michael Coffey, Jason M. Coffey, Florence G. Cohen, Kevin Sanford Cohen, Anthony Joseph Coladonato, Mark Joseph Colaio, Stephen Colaio, Christopher M. Colasanti, Kevin Nathaniel Colbert, Michel P. Colbert, Keith E. Coleman, Scott Thomas Coleman, Tarel Coleman, Liam Joseph Colhoun, Robert D. Colin, Robert J. Coll, Jean Collin, John Michael Collins, Michael L. Collins, Thomas J. Collins, Joseph Collison, Patricia Malia Colodner, Linda M. Colon, Sol E. Colon, Ronald Edward Comer, Sandra Jolane Conaty Brace, Jaime Concepcion, Albert Conde, Denease Conley, Susan P. Conlon, Margaret Mary Conner, Cynthia Marie Lise Connolly, John E. Connolly, Jr.,James Lee Connor, Jonathan M. Connors, Kevin Patrick Connors, Kevin F. Conroy, Jose Manuel Contreras-Fernandez, Brenda E. Conway, Dennis Michael Cook, Helen D. Cook, John A. Cooper, Joseph John Coppo, Jr.,Gerard J. Coppola, Joseph Albert Corbett, Alejandro Cordero, Robert Cordice, Ruben D. Correa, Danny A. Correa-Gutierrez, James J. Corrigan, Carlos Cortes, Kevin Cosgrove, Dolores Marie Costa, Digna Alexandra Costanza, Charles Gregory Costello, Jr., Michael S. Costello, Conrod K. Cottoy, Martin John Coughlan, John Gerard Coughlin, Timothy J. Coughlin, James E. Cove, Andre Cox, Frederick John Cox, James Raymond Coyle, Michele Coyle-Eulau, Anne Marie Cramer, Christopher S. Cramer, Denise Elizabeth Crant, James Leslie Crawford, Jr., Robert James Crawford, Joanne Mary Cregan, Lucy Crifasi, John A. Crisci, Daniel Hal Crisman, Dennis Cross, Kevin Raymond Crotty, Thomas G. Crotty, John Crowe, Welles Remy Crowther, Robert L. Cruikshank, John Robert Cruz, Grace Yu Cua, Kenneth John Cubas, Francisco Cruz Cubero, Richard J. Cudina, Neil James Cudmore, Thomas Patrick Cullen lll, Joyce Cummings, Brian Thomas Cummins, Michael Cunningham, Robert Curatolo, Laurence Damian Curia, Paul Dario Curioli, Beverly Curry, Michael S. Curtin, Gavin Cushny, John D’Allara, Vincent Gerard D’Amadeo, Jack D’Ambrosi, Mary D’Antonio, Edward A. D’Atri, Michael D. D’Auria, Michael Jude D’Esposito, Manuel John Da Mota, Caleb Arron Dack, Carlos S. DaCosta, Joao Alberto DaFonseca Aguiar, Jr., Thomas A. Damaskinos, Jeannine Marie Damiani-Jones, Patrick W. Danahy, Nana Danso, Vincent Danz, Dwight Donald Darcy, Elizabeth Ann Darling, Annette Andrea Dataram, Lawrence Davidson, Michael Allen Davidson, Scott Matthew Davidson, Titus Davidson, Niurka Davila, Clinton Davis, Wayne Terrial Davis, Anthony Richard Dawson, Calvin Dawson, Edward James Day, Jayceryll de Chavez, Jennifer De Jesus, Monique E. De Jesus, Nereida De Jesus, Emerita De La Pena, Azucena Maria de la Torre, David Paul De Rubbio, Jemal Legesse De Santis, Christian Louis De Simone, Melanie Louise De Vere, William Thomas Dean, Robert J. DeAngelis, Jr., Thomas Patrick DeAngelis, Tara E. Debek, Anna Marjia DeBin, James V. Deblase, Paul DeCola, Simon Marash Dedvukaj, Jason Defazio, David A. DeFeo, Manuel Del Valle, Jr., Donald Arthur Delapenha, Vito Joseph DeLeo, Danielle Anne Delie, Joseph A. Della Pietra, Andrea DellaBella, Palmina DelliGatti, Colleen Ann Deloughery, Francis Albert DeMartini, Anthony Demas, Martin N. DeMeo, Francis Deming, Carol K. Demitz, Kevin Dennis, Thomas F. Dennis, Jean DePalma, Jose Depena, Robert John Deraney, Michael DeRienzo, Edward DeSimone III, Andrew Desperito, Cindy Ann Deuel, Jerry DeVito, Robert P. Devitt, Jr., Dennis Lawrence Devlin, Gerard Dewan, Sulemanali Kassamali Dhanani, Patricia Florence Di Chiaro, Debra Ann Di Martino, Michael Louis Diagostino, Matthew Diaz, Nancy Diaz, Rafael Arturo Diaz, Michael A. Diaz-Piedra III, Judith Berquis Diaz-Sierra, Joseph Dermot Dickey, Jr., Lawrence Patrick Dickinson, Michael D. Diehl, John Difato, Vincent Difazio, Carl Anthony DiFranco, Donald Difranco, Stephen Patrick Dimino, William John Dimmling, Marisa DiNardo Schorpp, Christopher M. Dincuff, Jeffrey Mark Dingle, Anthony Dionisio, George DiPasquale, Joseph Dipilato, Douglas Frank DiStefano, Ramzi A. Doany, John Joseph Doherty, Melissa C. Doi, Brendan Dolan, Neil Matthew Dollard, James Joseph Domanico, Benilda Pascua Domingo, Carlos Dominguez, Jerome Mark Patrick Dominguez, Kevin W. Donnelly, Jacqueline Donovan, Stephen Scott Dorf, Thomas Dowd, Kevin Dowdell, Mary Yolanda Dowling, Raymond Mathew Downey, Frank Joseph Doyle, Joseph Michael Doyle, Stephen Patrick Driscoll, Mirna A. Duarte, Michelle Beale Duberry, Luke A. Dudek, Christopher Michael Duffy, Gerard Duffy, Michael Joseph Duffy, Thomas W. Duffy, Antoinette Duger, Sareve Dukat, Christopher Joseph Dunne, Richard Anthony Dunstan, Patrick Thomas Dwyer, Joseph Anthony Eacobacci, John Bruce Eagleson, Robert Douglas Eaton, Dean Phillip Eberling, Margaret Ruth Echtermann, Paul Robert Eckna, Constantine Economos, Dennis Michael Edwards, Michael Hardy Edwards, Christine Egan, Lisa Egan, Martin J. Egan, Jr., Michael Egan, Samantha Martin Egan, Carole Eggert, Lisa Caren Ehrlich, John Ernst Eichler, Eric Adam Eisenberg, Daphne Ferlinda Elder, Michael J. Elferis, Mark Joseph Ellis, Valerie Silver Ellis, Albert Alfy William Elmarry, Edgar Hendricks Emery, Jr., Doris Suk-Yuen Eng, Christopher Epps, Ulf Ramm Ericson, Erwin L. Erker, William John Erwin, Jose Espinal, Fanny Espinoza, Bridget Ann Esposito, Francis Esposito, Michael Esposito, William Esposito, Ruben Esquilin, Jr., Sadie Ette, Barbara G. Etzold, Eric Brian Evans, Robert Evans, Meredith Emily June Ewart, Catherine K. Fagan, Patricia Mary Fagan, Keith George Fairben, Sandra Fajardo-Smith, William F. Fallon, William Lawrence Fallon, Jr., Anthony J. Fallone, Jr., Dolores Brigitte Fanelli, John Joseph Fanning, Kathleen Anne Faragher, Thomas Farino, Nancy Carole Farley, Elizabeth Ann Farmer, Douglas Jon Farnum, John G. Farrell, John W. Farrell, Terrence Patrick Farrell, Joseph D. Farrelly, Thomas Patrick Farrelly, Syed Abdul Fatha, Christopher Edward Faughnan, Wendy R. Faulkner, Shannon Marie Fava, Bernard D. Favuzza, Robert Fazio, Jr., Ronald Carl Fazio, William Feehan, Francis Jude Feely, Garth Erin Feeney, Sean B. Fegan,Lee S. Fehling, Peter Adam Feidelberg, Alan D. Feinberg, Rosa Maria Feliciano, Edward Thomas Fergus, Jr., George Ferguson, Henry Fernandez, Judy Hazel Fernandez, Julio Fernandez, Elisa Giselle Ferraina, Anne Marie Sallerin Ferreira, Robert John Ferris, David Francis Ferrugio, Louis V. Fersini, Michael David Ferugio, Bradley James Fetchet, Jennifer Louise Fialko, Kristen Nicole Fiedel, Samuel Fields, Michael Bradley Finnegan, Timothy J. Finnerty, Michael Curtis Fiore, Stephen S R Fiorelli, Sr., Paul M. Fiori, John B. Fiorito, John R. Fischer, Andrew Fisher, Bennett Lawson Fisher, John Roger Fisher, Thomas J. Fisher, Lucy A. Fishman, Ryan D. Fitzgerald, Thomas James Fitzpatrick, Richard P. Fitzsimons, Salvatore Fiumefreddo, Christina Donovan Flannery, Eileen Flecha, Andre G. Fletcher, Carl M. Flickinger, John Joseph Florio, Joseph Walken Flounders, David Fodor, Michael N. Fodor, Stephen Mark Fogel, Thomas Foley, David J. Fontana, Chih Min Foo, Godwin Forde, Donald A. Foreman, Christopher Hugh Forsythe, Claudia Alicia Foster, Noel John Foster, Ana Fosteris, Robert Joseph Foti, Jeffrey Fox, Virginia Fox, Pauline Francis, Virgin Francis, Gary Jay Frank, Morton H. Frank, Peter Christopher Frank, Richard K. Fraser, Kevin J. Frawley, Clyde Frazier, Jr., Lillian Inez Frederick, Andrew Fredricks, Tamitha Freeman, Brett Owen Freiman, Peter L. Freund, Arlene Eva Fried, Alan Wayne Friedlander, Andrew Keith Friedman, Gregg J. Froehner, Peter Christian Fry, Clement A. Fumando, Steven Elliot Furman, Paul Furmato, Fredric Neal Gabler, Richard Samuel Federick Gabrielle, James Andrew Gadiel, Pamela Lee Gaff, Ervin Vincent Gailliard, Deanna Lynn Galante, Grace Catherine Galante, Anthony Edward Gallagher, Daniel James Gallagher, John Patrick Gallagher, Lourdes Galletti, Cono E. Gallo, Vincenzo Gallucci, Thomas E. Galvin, Giovanna Galletta Gambale, Thomas Gambino, Jr., Giann Franco Gamboa, Peter Ganci, Ladkat K. Ganesh, Claude Michael Gann, Osseni Garba, Charles William Garbarini, Ceasar Garcia, David Garcia, Juan Garcia, Marlyn Del Carmen Garcia, Christopher S. Gardner, Douglas Benjamin Gardner, Harvey J. Gardner III, Jeffrey Brian Gardner, Thomas Gardner, William Arthur Gardner, Francesco Garfi, Rocco Nino Gargano, James M. Gartenberg, Matthew David Garvey, Bruce Gary, Boyd Alan Gatton, Donald Richard Gavagan, Jr., Terence D. Gazzani, Gary Geidel, Paul Hamilton Geier, Julie M. Geis, Peter G. Gelinas, Steven Paul Geller, Howard G. Gelling, Peter Victor Genco, Jr., Steven Gregory Genovese, Alayne Gentul, Edward F. Geraghty, Suzanne Geraty, Ralph Gerhardt, Robert Gerlich, Denis P. Germain, Marina Romanovna Gertsberg, Susan M. Getzendanner, James G. Geyer, Joseph M. Giaccone, Vincent Francis Giammona, Debra Lynn Gibbon, James Andrew Giberson, Craig Neil Gibson, Ronnie E. Gies, Laura A. Giglio, Andrew Clive Gilbert, Timothy Paul Gilbert, Paul Stuart Gilbey, Paul John Gill, Mark Y. Gilles, Evan Gillette, Ronald Lawrence Gilligan, Rodney C. Gillis, Laura Gilly, John F. Ginley, Donna Marie Giordano, Jeffrey John Giordano, John Giordano, Steven A. Giorgetti, Martin Giovinazzo, Kum-Kum Girolamo, Salvatore Gitto, Cynthia Giugliano, Mon Gjonbalaj, Dianne Gladstone, Keith Glascoe, Thomas Irwin Glasser, Harry Glenn, Barry H. Glick, Steven Glick, John T. Gnazzo, William Robert Godshalk, Michael Gogliormella, Brian Fredric Goldberg, Jeffrey Grant Goldflam, Michelle Goldstein, Monica Goldstein, Steven Goldstein, Andrew H. Golkin, Dennis James Gomes, Enrique Antonio Gomez, Jose Bienvenido Gomez, Manuel Gomez, Jr., Wilder Alfredo Gomez, Jenine Nicole Gonzalez, Mauricio Gonzalez, Rosa Gonzalez, Calvin J. Gooding, Harry Goody, Kiran Reddy Gopu, Catherine C. Gorayeb, Kerene Gordon, Sebastian Gorki, Kieran Joseph Gorman, Thomas Edward Gorman, Michael Edward Gould, Yuji Goya, Jon Richard Grabowski, Christopher Michael Grady, Edwin J. Graf III, David Martin Graifman, Gilbert Franco Granados, Elvira Granitto, Winston Arthur Grant, Christopher S. Gray, James Michael Gray, Tara McCloud Gray, Linda Catherine Grayling, John M. Grazioso, Timothy George Grazioso, Derrick Auther Green, Wade B. Green, Elaine Myra Greenberg, Gayle R. Greene, James Arthur Greenleaf, Jr., Eileen Marsha Greenstein, Elizabeth Martin Gregg, Denise Gregory, Donald H. Gregory, Florence Moran Gregory, Pedro Grehan, John Michael Griffin,Tawanna Sherry Griffin, Joan Donna Griffith, Warren Grifka, Ramon Grijalvo, Joseph F. Grillo, David Joseph Grimner, Kenneth George Grouzalis, Joseph Grzelak, Matthew James Grzymalski, Robert Joseph Gschaar, Liming Gu, Jose Guadalupe, Cindy Yan Zhu Guan, Joel Guevara Gonzalez, Geoffrey E. Guja, Joseph Gullickson, Babita Girjamatie Guman, Douglas Brian Gurian, Janet Ruth Gustafson, Philip T. Guza, Barbara Guzzardo, Peter M. Gyulavary, Gary Robert Haag, Andrea Lyn Haberman, Barbara Mary Habib, Philip Haentzler, Nezam A. Hafiz, Karen Elizabeth Hagerty, Steven Michael Hagis, Mary Lou Hague, David Halderman, Maile Rachel Hale, Richard B. Hall, Vaswald George Hall, Robert J. Halligan, Vincent Gerard Halloran, James Douglas Halvorson, Mohammad Salman Hamdani, Felicia Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, Frederic K. Han, Christopher J. Hanley, Sean S. Hanley, Valerie Joan Hanna, Thomas Hannafin, Kevin James Hannaford, Michael Lawrence Hannan, Dana R Hannon, Vassilios G. Haramis, James A. Haran, Jeffrey Pike Hardy, Timothy John Hargrave, Daniel Edward Harlin, Frances Haros, Harvey Harrell, Stephen G. 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Song, Michael Charles Sorresse, Fabian Soto, Timothy Patrick Soulas, Gregory Spagnoletti, Donald F. Spampinato, Jr., Thomas Sparacio, John Anthony Spataro, Robert W. Spear, Jr.,Maynard S. Spence, Jr., George Edward Spencer III, Robert Andrew Spencer, Mary Rubina Sperando, Tina Spicer, Frank Spinelli, William E. Spitz, Joseph Spor, Jr., Klaus Johannes Sprockamp, Saranya Srinuan, Fitzroy St. Rose, Michael F. Stabile, Lawrence T. Stack, Timothy M. Stackpole, Richard James Stadelberger, Eric Stahlman, Gregory Stajk, Alexandru Liviu Stan, Corina Stan, Mary Domenica Stanley,Anthony Starita, Jeffrey Stark, Derek James Statkevicus, Craig William Staub, William V. Steckman, Eric Thomas Steen, William R. Steiner, Alexander Steinman, Andrew Stergiopoulos, Andrew Stern, Martha Stevens, Michael James Stewart, Richard H. Stewart, Jr., Sanford M. Stoller, Lonny Jay Stone, Jimmy Nevill Storey, Timothy Stout, Thomas Strada, James J. Straine, Jr., Edward W. Straub, George J. Strauch, Jr., Edward T. Strauss, Steven R. Strauss, Steven F. Strobert, Walwyn W. Stuart, Jr., Benjamin Suarez, David Scott Suarez, Ramon Suarez, Yoichi Sugiyama, William Christopher Sugra, Daniel Suhr,David Marc Sullins,Christopher P. Sullivan, Patrick Sullivan, Thomas Sullivan, Hilario Soriano Sumaya, Jr., James Joseph Suozzo, Colleen Supinski, Robert Sutcliffe, Seline Sutter, Claudia Suzette Sutton, John Francis Swaine, Kristine M. Swearson, Brian Edward Sweeney, Kenneth J. Swenson, Thomas Swift, Derek Ogilvie Sword, Kevin Thomas Szocik, Gina Sztejnberg, Norbert P. Szurkowski, Harry Taback, Joann Tabeek, Norma C. Taddei, Michael Taddonio, Keiichiro Takahashi, Keiji Takahashi, Phyllis Gail Talbot, Robert Talhami, Sean Patrick Tallon, Paul Talty, Maurita Tam,Rachel Tamares, Hector Tamayo, Michael Andrew Tamuccio, Kenichiro Tanaka, Rhondelle Cheri Tankard, Michael Anthony Tanner, Dennis Gerard Taormina, Jr., Kenneth Joseph Tarantino, Allan Tarasiewicz, Ronald Tartaro, Darryl Anthony Taylor, Donnie Brooks Taylor, Lorisa Ceylon Taylor, Michael Morgan Taylor, Paul A. Tegtmeier, Yeshauant Tembe, Anthony Tempesta, Dorothy Pearl Temple, Stanley Temple, David Tengelin, Brian John Terrenzi, Lisa M. Terry, Shell Tester, Goumatie T. Thackurdeen, Sumati Thakur, Harshad Sham Thatte, Thomas F. Theurkauf, Jr., Lesley Anne Thomas, Brian Thomas Thompson, Clive Thompson, Glenn Thompson, Nigel Bruce Thompson, Perry A. Thompson, Vanavah Alexei Thompson, William H. Thompson, Eric Raymond Thorpe, Nichola Angela Thorpe, Sal Edward Tieri, Jr., John P. Tierney, Mary Ellen Tiesi, William R. Tieste, Kenneth Francis Tietjen, Stephen Edward Tighe, Scott Charles Timmes, Michael E. Tinley, Jennifer M. Tino, Robert Frank Tipaldi, John James Tipping II, David Tirado, Hector Luis Tirado, Jr., Michelle Lee Titolo, John J. Tobin, Richard Todisco, Vladimir Tomasevic, Stephen Kevin Tompsett, Thomas Tong, Doris Torres, Luis Eduardo Torres, Amy Elizabeth Toyen, Christopher Michael Traina, Daniel Patrick Trant, Abdoul Karim Traore, Glenn J. Travers, Walter Philip Travers, Felicia Y. Traylor-Bass, Lisa L. Trerotola, Karamo Trerra, Michael Angel Trinidad, Francis Joseph Trombino, Gregory James Trost, William P. Tselepis, Zhanetta Valentinovna Tsoy, Michael Tucker, Lance Richard Tumulty, Ching Ping Tung, Simon James Turner, Donald Joseph Tuzio, Robert T. Twomey, Jennifer Tzemis, John G. Ueltzhoeffer, Tyler V. Ugolyn, Michael A. Uliano, Jonathan J. Uman, Anil Shivhari Umarkar, Allen V. Upton, Diane Marie Urban, John Damien Vaccacio, Bradley Hodges Vadas, Renuta Vaidea, William Valcarcel, Felix Antonio Vale, Ivan Vale, Benito Valentin, Santos Valentin, Jr., Carlton Francis Valvo II, Erica H. Van Acker, Kenneth W. Van Auken, Richard B. Van Hine, Daniel M. Van Laere, Edward Raymond Vanacore, Jon C. Vandevander, Barrett Vanvelzer, Edward Vanvelzer, Paul Herman Vanvelzer, Frederick Thomas Varacchi, Gopalakrishnan Varadhan, David Vargas, Scott C. Vasel, Azael Ismael Vasquez, Arcangel Vazquez, Santos Vazquez, Peter Anthony Vega,Sankara S. Velamuri, Jorge Velazquez, Lawrence G. Veling, Anthony Mark Ventura, David Vera, Loretta Ann Vero,Christopher James Vialonga, Matthew Gilbert Vianna, Robert Anthony Vicario, Celeste Torres Victoria, Joanna Vidal, John T. Vigiano II, Joseph Vincent Vigiano, Frank J. Vignola, Jr., Joseph Barry Vilardo, Sergio Villanueva, Chantal Vincelli, Melissa Vincent, Francine Ann Virgilio, Lawrence Virgilio, Joseph Gerard Visciano, Joshua S. Vitale, Maria Percoco Vola, Lynette D. Vosges, Garo H. Voskerijian, Alfred Vukosa, Gregory Kamal Bruno Wachtler, Gabriela Waisman, Courtney Wainsworth Walcott, Victor Wald, Benjamin James Walker, Glen Wall, Mitchel Scott Wallace, Peter Guyder Wallace, Robert Francis Wallace, Roy Michael Wallace, Jeanmarie Wallendorf, Matthew Blake Wallens, John Wallice, Jr., Barbara P. Walsh, James Henry Walsh, Jeffrey P. Walz, Ching Wang, Weibin Wang, Michael Warchola, Stephen Gordon Ward, James Arthur Waring, Brian G. Warner, Derrick Washington, Charles Waters, James Thomas Waters, Jr., Patrick J. Waters, Kenneth Thomas Watson, Michael Henry Waye, Todd Christopher WeaverWalter Edward Weaver, Nathaniel Webb, Dinah Webster, Joanne Flora Weil, Michael T. Weinberg, Steven Weinberg, Scott Jeffrey Weingard, Steven George Weinstein, Simon Weiser, David M. Weiss, David Thomas Weiss, Vincent Michael Wells, Timothy Matthew Welty, Christian Hans Rudolf Wemmers, Ssu-Hui Wen, Oleh D. Wengerchuk, Peter M. West, Whitfield West, Jr., Meredith Lynn Whalen, Eugene Whelan, Adam S. White, Edward James White III, James Patrick White, John Sylvester White, Kenneth Wilburn White, Jr., Leonard Anthony White, Malissa Y. White, Wayne White, Leanne Marie Whiteside, Mark P. Whitford, Michael T. Wholey, Mary Catherine Wieman, Jeffrey David Wiener, Wilham J. Wik, Alison Marie Wildman, Glenn E. Wilkenson, John C. Willett, Brian Patrick Williams Crossley, Richard Williams, Jr., David J. Williams, Deborah Lynn Williams, Kevin Michael Williams, Louie Anthony Williams, Louis Calvin Williams III, John P. Williamson, Donna Ann Wilson, William Wilson, David Harold Winton, Glenn J. Winuk, Thomas Francis Wise, Alan L. Wisniewski, Frank Thomas Wisniewski, David Wiswall, Sigrid Wiswe, Michael Wittenstein, Christopher W. Wodenshek, Martin P. Wohlforth, Katherine Susan Wolf, Jennifer Yen Wong, Siu Cheung Wong, Yin Ping Wong, Yuk Ping Wong, Brent James Woodall,James John Woods, Patrick J. Woods, Richard Herron Woodwell, David Terence Wooley, John Bentley Works, Martin Michael Wortley, Rodney James Wotton, William Wren, John Wayne Wright, Neil Robin Wright, Sandra Lee Wright, Jupiter Yambem, Suresh Yanamadala, Matthew David Yarnell, Myrna Yaskulka, Shakila Yasmin, Olabisi Shadie Layeni Yee, William Yemele, Edward P. York, Kevin Patrick York, Raymond R. York, Suzanne Youmans, Barrington Young, Jacqueline Young, Elkin Yuen, Joseph C. Zaccoli, Adel Agayby Zakhary, Arkady Zaltsman, Edwin J. Zambrana, Jr., Robert Alan Zampieri, Mark Zangrilli, Ira Zaslow, Kenneth Albert Zelman, Abraham J. Zelmanowitz, Martin Morales Zempoaltecatl, Zhe Zeng, Marc Scott Zeplin, Jie Yao Justin Zhao, Ivelin Ziminski, Michael Joseph Zinzi, Charles A. Zion, Julie Lynne Zipper, Salvatore Zisa, Prokopios Paul Zois, Joseph J. Zuccala, Andrew S. Zucker and Igor Zukelman.

Victims on American Flight 11

Anna Allison, David Lawrence Angell, Lynn Edwards Angell, Seima Aoyama, Barbara Jean Arestegui, Myra Joy Aronson, Christine Barbuto, Carolyn Beug, Kelly Ann Booms, Carol Marie Bouchard, Robin Lynne Kaplan, Neilie Anne Heffernan Casey, Jeffrey Dwayne Collman, Jeffrey W. Coombs, Tara Kathleen Creamer, Thelma Cuccinello, Patrick Currivan, Brian Paul Dale, David Dimeglio, Donald Americo Ditullio, Alberto Dominguez, Paige Marie Farley-Hackel, Alexander Milan Filipov, Carol Ann Flyzik, Paul J. Friedman, Karleton D.B. Fyfe, Peter Alan Gay, Linda M. George, Edmund Glazer, Lisa Reinhart Gordenstein, Andrew Peter Charles Curry Green, Peter Paul Hashem, Robert Jay Hayes, Edward R. Hennessy, Jr., John A. Hofer, Cora Hidalgo Holland, John Nicholas Humber, Jr., Waleed Joseph Iskandar, John Charles Jenkins, Charles Edward Jones, Barbara A. Keating, David P. Kovalcin,Judith Camilla Larocque, Natalie Janis Lasden, Daniel John Lee, Daniel M. Lewin, Sara Elizabeth Low,Susan A. Mackay, Karen Ann Martin, Thomas F. McGuinness, Jr., Christopher D. Mello, Jeffrey Peter Mladenik, Carlos Alberto Montoya, Antonio Jesus Montoya Valdes, Laura Lee Morabito, Mildred Naiman, Laurie Ann Neira, Renee Lucille Newell, Kathleen Ann Nicosia, Jacqueline June Norton, Robert Grant Norton, John Ogonowski, Betty Ann Ong, Jane M. Orth, Thomas Nicholas Pecorelli, Berinthia B. Perkins,Sonia M. Puopolo, David E. Retik, Jean Destrehan Roger, Philip Martin Rosenzweig, Richard Barry Ross, Jessica Leigh Sachs, Rahma Salie, Heather Lee Smith, Dianne Bullis Snyder, Douglas Joel Stone, Xavier Suarez, Madeline Amy Sweeney, Michael Theodoridis, James Anthony Trentini, Mary Barbara Trentini, Pendyala Vamsikrishna, Mary Alice Wahlstrom, Kenneth Waldie, John Joseph Wenckus, Candace Lee Williams and Christopher Rudolph Zarba, Jr.

Victims on United Airlines Flight 175
Alona Abraham, Garnet Edward Bailey, Mark Lawrence Bavis, Graham Andrew Berkeley, Touri Bolourchi, Klaus Bothe, Daniel Raymond Brandhorst, David Reed Gamboa Brandhorst, John Brett Cahill, Christoffer Mikael Carstanjen, John J. Corcoran III, Dorothy Alma de Araujo, Ana Gloria Pocasangre Debarrera, Robert John Fangman, Lisa Anne Frost, Ronald Gamboa, Lynn Catherine Goodchild, Peter M. Goodrich, Douglas Alan Gowell, Francis Edward Grogan, Carl Max Hammond, Jr., Christine Lee Hanson, Peter Burton Hanson, Susan Kim Hanson, Gerald Francis Hardacre, Eric Hartono, James Edward Hayden, Herbert Wilson Homer, Michael Robert Horrocks, Robert Adrien Jalbert, Amy N. Jarret, Ralph Kershaw, Heinrich Kimmig, Amy R. King, Brian Kinney, Kathryn L. LaBorie, Robert G. Leblanc, Maclovio Lopez, Jr., Marianne Macfarlane, Alfred Gilles Marchand, Louis Mariani, Juliana McCourt, Ruth Magdaline McCourt, Wolfgang Peter Menzel, Shawn M. Nassaney, Marie Pappalardo, Patrick J. Quigley IV, Frederick Charles Rimmele III, James Roux, Jesus Sanchez, Victor J. Saracini, Mary Kathleen Shearer, Robert M. Shearer, Jane Louise Simpkin, Brian David Sweeney, Michael C. Tarrou, Alicia N. Titus, Timothy Ray Ward and William Michael Weems.

Victims at the Pentagon (Not including Flight 77)
USA – United States Army; USN – United States Navy
SPC Craig S. Amundson (USA), YN3 Melissa Rose Barnes (USN), MSG Max J. Beilke (USA, Retired), IT2 Kris Romeo Bishundat (USN), Carrie R. Blagburn, COL Canfield D. Boone (ARNG), Donna M. Bowen, Allen P. Boyle, ET3 Christopher L. Burford (USN), ET3 Daniel M. Caballero (USN), SFC Jose O. Calderon-Olmedo (USA), Angelene C. Carter, Sharon A. Carver, SFC John J. Chada (USA, Retired), Rosa Maria Chapa, Julian T. Cooper, LCDR Eric A. Cranford (USN), Ada M. Davis, CAPT Gerald F. DeConto (USN), LTC Jerry D. Dickerson (USA), IT1 Johnnie Doctor, Jr. (USN), CAPT Robert E. Dolan, Jr. (USN), CDR William H. Donovan (USN), CDR Patrick Dunn (USN), AG1 Edward T. Earhart (USN), LCDR Robert R. Elseth (USNR), SK3 Jamie L. Fallon (USN), Amelia V. Fields, Gerald P. Fisher, AG2 Matthew M. Flocco (USN), Sandra N. Foster, CAPT Lawrence D. Getzfred (USN), Cortez Ghee, Brenda C. Gibson, COL Ronald F. Golinski (USA, Retired), Diane Hale-McKinzy, Carolyn B. Halmon, Sheila M.S. Hein, ET1 Ronald J. Hemenway (USN), MAJ Wallace Cole Hogan, Jr. (USA), SSG Jimmie I. Holley (USA, Retired), Angela M. Houtz, Brady Kay Howell, Peggie M. Hurt, LTC Stephen N. Hyland, Jr. (USA), Lt Col Robert J. Hymel (USAF, Retired), SGM Lacey B. Ivory (USA), LTC Dennis M. Johnson (USA), Judith L. Jones, Brenda Kegler, LT Michael S. Lamana (USN), David W. Laychak, Samantha L. Lightbourn-Allen, MAJ Stephen V. Long (USA), James T. Lynch, Jr., Terence M. Lynch, OS2 Nehamon Lyons IV (USN), Shelley A. Marshall, Teresa M. Martin, Ada L. Mason-Acker, LTC Dean E. Mattson (USA), LTG Timothy J. Maude (USA), Robert J. Maxwell, Molly L. McKenzie, Patricia E. Mickley, MAJ Ronald D. Milam (USA), Gerard P. Moran, Jr., Odessa V. Morris, ET1 Brian A. Moss (USN), Teddington H. Moy, LCDR Patrick J. Murphy (USNR), Khang Ngoc Nguyen, DM2 Michael A. Noeth (USN), Ruben S. Ornedo, Diana B. Padro, LT Jonas M. Panik (USNR), MAJ Clifford L. Patterson, Jr. (USA), LT Darin H. Pontell (USNR), Scott Powell, CAPT Jack D. Punches (USN, Retired), AW1 Joseph J. Pycior, Jr. (USN), Deborah A. Ramsaur, Rhonda Sue Rasmussen, IT1 Marsha D. Ratchford (USN), Martha M. Reszke, Cecelia E. (Lawson) Richard, Edward V. Rowenhorst, Judy Rowlett, SGM Robert E. Russell (USA, Retired), CW4 William R. Ruth (ARNG), Charles E. Sabin, Sr., Marjorie C. Salamone, COL David M. Scales (USA), CDR Robert A. Schlegel (USN), Janice M. Scott, LTC Michael L. Selves (USA, Retired), Marian H. Serva, CDR Dan F. Shanower (USN), Antionette M. Sherman, Diane M. Simmons, Cheryle D. Sincock, ITC Gregg H. Smallwood (USN), LTC Gary F. Smith (USA, Retired), Patricia J. Statz, Edna L. Stephens, SGM Larry L. Strickland (USA), LTC Kip P. Taylor (USA), Sandra C. Taylor, LTC Karl W. Teepe (USA, Retired), SGT Tamara C. Thurman (USA), LCDR Otis V. Tolbert (USN), SSG Willie Q. Troy (USA, Retired), LCDR Ronald J. Vauk (USNR), LTC Karen J. Wagner (USA), Meta L. (Fuller) Waller, SPC Chin Sun Pak Wells (USA), SSG Maudlyn A. White (USA), Sandra L. White, Ernest M. Willcher, LCDR David L. Williams (USN), MAJ Dwayne Williams (USA), RMC Marvin Roger Woods (USN, Retired), IT2 Kevin W. Yokum (USN), ITC Donald M. Young (USN), Edmond G. Young, Jr. and Lisa L. Young 

Victims on American Airlines Flight 77

Paul W. Ambrose, Yeneneh Betru, Mary Jane Booth, Bernard C. Brown II, CAPT Charles F. Burlingame III, USNR (Retired), Suzanne M. Calley, William E. Caswell, David M. Charlebois, Sarah M. Clark, Asia S. Cottom, James D. Debeuneure, Rodney Dickens, Eddie A. Dillard, LCDR Charles A. Droz III, USN (Retired), Barbara G. Edwards, Charles S. Falkenberg, Dana Falkenberg, Zoe Falkenberg, J. Joseph Ferguson, Darlene E. Flagg, RADM Wilson F. Flagg, USNR (Retired), 1st Lt Richard P. Gabriel, USMC (Retired), Ian J. Gray, Stanley R. Hall, Michele M. Heidenberger, Bryan C. Jack, Steven D. Jacoby, Ann C. Judge, Chandler R. Keller, Yvonne E. Kennedy, Norma Cruz Khan, Karen Ann Kincaid, Dong Chul Lee, Jennifer Lewis, Kenneth E. Lewis, Renee A. May, Dora Marie Menchaca, Christopher C. Newton, Barbara K. Olson, Ruben S. Ornedo, Robert Penninger, Robert R. Ploger III,Zandra F. Ploger, Lisa J. Raines, Todd H. Reuben, John P. Sammartino, George W. Simmons, Donald D. Simmons, Mari-Rae Sopper, Robert Speisman, Norma Lang Steuerle, Hilda E. Taylor, Leonard E. Taylor, Sandra D. Teague, Leslie A. Whittington, CAPT John D. Yamnicky, Sr., USN (Retired), Vicki Yancey, Shuyin Yang and Yuguag Zheng.

Victims on United Airlines Flight 93 

Christian Adams, Lorraine G. Bay, Todd Beamer, Alan Beaven, Mark K. Bingham, Deora Frances Bodley, Sandra W. Bradshaw, Marion Britton, Thomas E. Burnett Jr., William Cashman, Georgine Rose Corrigan, Patricia Cushing, Jason Dahl, Joseph Deluca, Patrick Driscoll, Edward Porter Felt, Jane C. Folger, Colleen Fraser, Andrew Garcia, Jeremy Glick, Lauren Grandcolas, Wanda A. Green, Donald F. Greene, Linda Gronlund, Richard Guadagno, Leroy Homer, Jr., Toshiya Kuge, CeeCee Lyles, Hilda Marcin, Waleska Martinez, Nicole Miller, Louis J. Nacke, II, Donald Arthur Peterson, Jean Hoadley Peterson, Mark Rothenberg, Christine Snyder, John Talignani and Honor Elizabeth Wainio.

"I make my way through this darkness. I can't feel nothin' but this chain that binds me. Lost track of how far I've gone-how far I've gone and how high I've climbed. On my back's a sixty pound stone, on my shoulder a half mile of line. come on up for The Rising. Come on up! Lay your hands in mine. Come on up for The Rising. Come on up for The Rising Tonight."
-bill kenny