Eight years ago America, as we knew it, changed forever. We became a more cautious nation; always looking over our shoulder and always on alert. We also became more patriotic; more fiercely loyal to those who lay their lives on the line to defend us. Eight years ago, we were attacked on our own soil. Today, we remember. We remember the ones who lost their lives in those towers, in the planes, in the Pentagon, in that field in Pennsylvania. We remember the sorrow and the anger.
Today, we are participating in Project 2996, which was created to remind us all of the people who were killed on 9/11. Every participating blogger is assigned a name of a victim and is to research the life of that person then post a tribute to them. The terrorists will never win, because we will never forget.
This post is in honor of Adriana Legro. This beautiful, vibrant woman was 32-years-old on Sept. 11, 2001. The youngest of four children of Colombian immigrants, Adriana was the only one in her family to graduate college. Known as the “achiever” in the family, she worked as an institutional sales broker at Carr Futures on the 92nd floor of the second tower. Her family last heard from her after the first plane hit the towers. Her body was not found. She is still listed among the missing.
Adriana is more than just a name and number on the list of victims. She was a young woman with hopes and dreams. A woman who worked hard at her career, but every night went home to Elmhurst, Queens to take care of her 92-year-old grandmother. Friends say that Adriana seized each day. She wasn’t one to sit around and complain about life. She loved to travel, meet new people, try new things. Her sister describes her as “bon vivant” -- “always the life of the party.” In February, 2001, Adriana ran her first ever marathon with Road Runners. Then, on a bright blue September morning, she was gone.
Adriana Legro left behind her grandmother, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and her Pekingese Lucky.
“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting Sept. the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” ~Former President George W. Bush, Nov. 11, 2001