Remembering Angel Perez
This is Angel Perez Jr., of Jersey City, N.J., a photo whose face shows him crystallised for all time, when he was only 42 years old.
Angel died in the World Trade Centre attacks on September 11, 2001, after having worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, for a few years.
I am honouring him today, as part of the 24 hour 9/11 tribute, by the 2,996 project. I am the 2479th blogger, to have signed up.
UPDATE: Due to the perhaps expected volume, this site has been down all day. Here is an alternate site, which lists all 2996 victims and their accompanied blogger commemorator.
When I signed up for the project, I thought I could choose from perhaps a list of available persons who sadly perished that day.
In my mind's eye, I was going to choose a young British girl, perhaps from the south of England, and who had, just maybe, not led a very heralded life -- a mirror, as well as the polar opposite of myself.
But upon hitting send, a name came up already chosen for me.
And you know what?
That's exactly as should be.
On that day, no one chose to die or to live.
No one chose to be half-way up the stairs or half-way down the street.
No one chose whether they'd ever see their families again, or whether they'd have a chance to say goodbye properly, like everyone of us desires to do, at the moment of our death.
So it is only proper and fitting that by the same randomness of circumstance, or perhaps if you bear for a moment my religious tenets, by the inscrutable workings of Providence, that I was given Angel Perez as my honouree.
I have to say, it's been a hard slog to get any information on Angel. Phone calls were not returned, emails led no where, and though some people had memories, not all who were there, seemed to have particular memories of him.
Remember, a lot of people have since moved on in the intervening years, and some, well, they just never thought to pay much mind to those who in a split second, might be gone forever.
This isn't evil. This is human. We some of us do it, even now.
But perhaps this is exactly what makes Angel Perez such a representative member of the fallen victims of 9/11.
He was Everyman.
The guy who passes you by the hall of your office building, with a shy smile of greeting.
Or handing you some serviettes, in the falafel stand down the corner.
Maybe he's your neighbour, who you've sworn you would visit one of these days, if ever you had the time for more than an off-hand wave in the mornings, as you both rushed to work.
There are Angels everywhere.
And since September 11, 2001, our heaven has one Angel more.
If you have the time, please leave as many messages of condolence as you can, in the comments section.
I will pass them on to his family, and friends, with loving thanks to all.
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