Wednesday, September 09, 2009



I know for many Americans as we approach the 8th Anniversary of 9/11 we are taken back in time to the day our world changed forever. We can recall with vivid detail where we were and what we were doing when we learned we had been attacked. Our minds will never forget the pictures of horror from that day and our hearts will always remember the heroes, and our thoughts and prayers will always be with those who lost loved ones.

I've volunteered to become part of Project 2,996 a day in which bloggers will remember those who died on 9/11. I was randomly assigned a name of a person who lost their life on that day. And so my post today is in honor and in memory of:

Steven Gregory Genovese

I never had the privilege of meeting Steven, but as I've captured a small glimpse of his life these past couple of days learning about him, I know he is someone I would have enjoyed having as a friend.

Steve was married to Shelly and they have a beautiful little girl, Jacquline. He was devoted to his family and took great delight in spending time with them. Those who knew Steve best said, "He lived life to the fullest, and did not want to take one second for granted."

On the morning of September 11, 2001 Steve was at work in his office which was on the 104th floor of the North Tower of the Word Trade Center, he was a partner and equity trader for Cantor Fitzgerald. His wife, Shelly, tells her account of what unfolded that morning and over the next few days, you can read about it here. You can find their story on page three of this document. I want for you to be able to read this story in her own words.

Steve worked at the WTC when it was attacked in 1993, he was able to walk away that time and his family had high hopes that this time it would be same story. Sadly this time, the story's ending is heartbreaking and their lives forever changed by this tragedy.

It is my fervant prayer that we will all take the time to stop and to pray for the family and friends who lost loved ones on September 11. I wish I could bring comfort and peace to each family as they remember their loved ones, I cannot humanly do that, but I know the One who can.

"My soul finds rest in God alone." Psalm 62:1

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." Isaiah 43:1- 3

May God continue to bring comfort and peace to the Genovese family today and always.


Alicia said...

Thank you. I honor Christopher Paul Slattery.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Very beautiful tribute. I don't know if his family will see it, but they would be touched. - family friend

Linda said...

Thank you for your tribute and the link to the article. Shelly was my oldest daughter's Sunday School teacher before she married Steve. WE MUST NEVER FORGET.

Shannon Jacobyansky said...

Great job! Thank you too for taking the time to remember today!

Dr. Dave said...

This is a wonderful tribute. Thanks for never forgetting.