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Thanks Wendy…

September 11th, 2009

You brought a tear to my eye.

Actually, it wasn’t Wendy, it was Erica Basnicki, daughter of Ken Basnicki who died in New York on September 11, 2001:

It was there that I realized that I can’t explain the significance of the fifth anniversary of 9/11, because the anniversary itself isn’t significant. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the fifth, 12th or 402nd anniversary – five is just a number.

If you want significant numbers, here are just a few: 2,996 people were killed on 9/11, and only 174 bodies were found intact. Most of the people who died were young, between 35 and 39 years old. There are 193 countries in the world and 115 of them lost citizens that day, and the fires at Ground Zero burned for 99 days after the attacks.

Most significant of all, Canada lost 24 citizens that day.

One of them was my dad.

God Bless Erica, and all other who lost loves ones nine years ago today.

And a special blessing to anybody who ran into those two buildings while everybody else was running out.

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