Saturday, September 11, 2010

The 2,996 - I Remember Marlyn delCarmen Garcia

This is a repost of my 9/11/2006 post, with some new comments and thoughts.

I did not personally know anyone in the Towers, on the planes or in the Pentagon that lost their lives that day. However, I signed up to be part of the
2,996 bloggers to remember an individual who was lost on September 11, 2001. This is a rememberance of one of the lights that was snuffed out that day.

There are not enough words for me to begin to honor or remember. I hope that I can do a little justice to Marlyn's short life.

Marlyn C Garcia
Age: 21
Location: World Trade Center, Tower 1, 100th floor, Marsh and McLennan Cos, Inc

Miss Garcia was the valedictorian of her high school class at Bay Ridge Christian Academy. She was described as mature beyond her years. Smart. Sweet. Prom Queen. A young woman with character. Always smiling. Always nice to everyone. She turned down a scholarship to Syracuse University to remain close to her family, going instead to John Jay College, where, again, she touched so many lives with her kindness and smile. She was attending college as she worked at Marsh and McLennan. She would arrive an hour early each day so that she could leave to attend school in the afternoons. She wanted to work for the United Nations, travel, advocate for those who could not speak for themselves, to spread her light to others.
She had an entire lifetime ahead of her.
She had potential.
She was small. She was fearless. She was determined.
She loved her family. Her parents, her 2 sisters, her Uncle, to whom she wrote on Monday night, Sept 10 " I hope I get to see you Tuesday, I am going into work a little late because I want to vote" September 11 was New York City Mayoral Primary day.
She was a person that any young woman should look up to as an example of a caring and loving person. Someone to stive to be like. A loving Daughter, Sister, Neice, Cousin, Friend. A shining light.
In every rememberance of Marlyn that I have read, everyone has described her as being one thing - an Angel. She was an Angel on earth to so many. She was, sadly, in Tower 1 when the plane hit. One of the 2,996 called Home that day. Called Home to be an Angel looking down on everyone she knew and cared about. To now spread her light from above.

9/11/2006 I cannot believe that it has been five years. The emotions and feelings I have are still as raw as they were that day. In my cedar chest in my bedroom, I have copies of the New York Daily News, dated September 12, 2001, and showing all of the horror in still photographs. I looked at them on the day I purchased them. I have not looked at them since. I cannot ever forget those pictures. They are burned in my memory. I keep the papers to remember. I don't know why. I can't forget. I will never forget. None of us should never forget, so that will not happen again.

9/11/2009  When I wrote these words 3 years ago I could not believe the pain could still be so fresh in my heart. A couple of weeks ago, I went into my cedar chest and I looked at those papers dated 9/12/2001. I cried, gut wrenching, all out sobbing crying. And I thought about Marlyn. And I prayed that the terror for her was short.

9/11/2010 It's now been 9 years since that horrific day.  It seems a life time ago and yesterday, all at the same time.  Life changed forever that day.  Or  did it? It seems that the more years pass, the less our collective conscious remembers - that it was hatred that took over that day.  Hatred that is rearing its ugly head again - right here in our country.  Among our own citizens. Intolerance.  Hate.  The attitude of I'm right and you're wrong and we cannot have dialog anymore. We are living in times that seem to be even more dangerous than they were 9 years ago.  For the first time in my life, I'm scared for the future.  It's only been 9 years and it seems we have not learned a damn thing. Did all of those people, did Marlyn, die in vain? God, I pray not.  We need to dig deep inside and remember what we felt that awful day.  We need to remember how, when we reached out our hands that day, there was someone there to hold them.  Someone there to cry with, to grieve with.  To heal with.  We need to remember.  We need to remember the innocence that was lost that day.  We need to remember Marlyn and the 2995 others that were ripped away from us.  We cannot let their lives be lost in vain and hatred.  

On the night of 9/11/2001, we had a candelight walk in our neighborhood, led by the children. Then we all put our candles out on our porch to burn down during the night. When I light a candle tonight, as I did that night, and as I do every September 11, I will light it in Marlyn's memory.

Marlyn Garcia I will never forget you.


Busby and Raymond said...

Awesome post.

Angus Mhor said...

Thank you for reminding us of Marlyn. Now, I will never forget her.

Angus' mom

Furkidsmom said...

Beautiful post. We will always remember.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Simba said...

Thank you for this post. It is important to remember that each and every one of the 2996 who died was an individual person, a person with a young life snuffed out way too soon. I agree - it seems we have not learned enough in the past 9 years. And it seems both so recent and so long ago.

Simba's Mom

Hannah and Lucy said...

Thank you for that post Meezer Mum - although I am British it does not stop me crying at the thought of 9/11 again - such a waste of lives and hopes. I read your lovely post of Marlyn del Carmen Garcia which I had not seen before and sobbed to think of her young life (as many others) taken away before they had hardly even begun -we will never know the potential she had to change things for the good.
Thank you - Hannah and Lucy's Mum Sue.

ML said...

Beautiful, powerful tribute to one of the many whose lives were cut short.
We will never forget.
Thank you for keeping their memory alive.

ABBY said...

9/11 is a watershed moment for anyone who remembers. Even though I personally did not know a single person killed that day, I will never forget that morning in September. What is truly sad now to me, is that 9 years later we still have a hole sitting at Ground Zero. I hate to think what message that sends to the victims that lost their lives, to the families who survived and the world beyond our borders.

Jacqueline said...

A lovely tribute to a wonderful young woman on this somber day...I will never forget.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Your addition should be required reading


Eric and Flynn said...

This is a very powerful post and a very fitting tribute to all who died. We will never forget.

Nico, Simon and JayJay said...

Wonderful & sad post for Marlyn. I will always remember the horror of that day, but reading the tributes of the fallen 2,996 - hard as it may be - keeps their memories alive.

Thank you for this post.

Cory (Nico, Simon & JayJay)

Lone Star Purrs said...

VERY well said! I, too, reposted my tribute.
~LSP Momma Becca

Pierro said...

Loved this. God bless her family, there are so many broken hearts.
We will never ever forget you dear Marlyn. You were a beautiful woman and you had so much life ahead of you that was stolen just like that.
You will always be in our hearts and your family in our prayers.

bonks hugs and love

West 40 Cats said...

Very Awesome post Meezer mom, very awesome!

Crazy Lady aka(connie)

TK and Squashies said...

Wonderful post Meezermom! Thank you for remembering and reminding us.