Wednesday, September 06, 2006
That Fateful Day
Windows on the World was an elegant and popular restaurant located at 1 World Trade Center. On that beautiful, clear morning breakfast was already being served. All present at the time American Airlines Flight 11 impacted the North Tower were killed including 73 of the 400 very close-knit employees of the restaurant.
She was 52 years old. They say that she was a sweet, caring woman who liked to sew. A woman who brought a ray of sunshine into everyone’s lives. She had a beautiful smile. She worked at Windows On the World. Such a bare handful of facts. How do we pay tribute to someone that we did not know, can never hope to meet...now...because of that fateful day? What can I say about this woman that will bring her alive to you, just briefly, so you know that Clara Victorine Hinds lived and hoped and dreamed like we all do?
All I can tell you is that she was my fellow American. She had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. She had the right to grow old alongside us, to watch the sunrise, to share laughter and love. She had the right to live beyond September 11th, 2001.
So, while I cannot tell you much, I can tell you everything. She was our fellow American and she was killed by our enemy. And, we will not forget.