Benito Valentin: Father, Husband, and victim of terrorist atrocity

Tomorrow, many of us will remember and reflect upon the terrorist atrocities committed upon thousands of people in the United States on September 11, 2001. While many of us will share our personal experiences to mark this occasion, I've chosen to step out of the limelight a bit and put it upon those who deserve it more: the innocent victims of these attacks.

I am one of the thousands of bloggers who are part of Project 2996, the effort in which bloggers will pay tributes to individual victims of the terrorist atrocities that we remember today (and every day) in New York, Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennslyvania. While the intent was for 2,996 bloggers to each remember one who died that day, the number of bloggers has far exceeded that mark - which is a great thing.

Here's my memorial:

Benito Valentin, age 33, was murdered on September 11, 2001 by Al-Queda terrorists at the World Trade Center, while working as a travel consultant for American Express. He left behind his wife Grisell, and three daughters, Danyelle, Jailene, and Alyssa.

A fun-loving native of the Bronx, he was often quick with jokes, poking fun at anyone and everyone. His fun spirit was the life of the party in the lives of his friends, family, and co-workers.

On that day in September, the light of his life may have been taken away from us, but not his memory. It will be carried forward by those who know him, and people like myself, who have come to know him since.

You can visit his online memorial book at

If you'd like to learn more about him and his family, I invite you to
check out these links:

5 Response to "Benito Valentin: Father, Husband, and victim of terrorist atrocity"

  1. Lisa M. 10/9/06 12:28
    Really really neat.

    It has been an amazing experience to be part of the blogger rememberance crew.

    lovely tribute.

    May we never forget.
  2. Miss Chris 10/9/06 17:14
    A very nice tribute. I think we are all so lucky to have been included in this project. To put faces and lives with all the names is so special.
  3. Ginger 10/9/06 18:02
    Excellent tribute! Thank you for stopping by my site, and for your kind words. I hope the families will be touched by this project, and that they will have the strength to make it through tomorrow.
  4. Moye 10/9/06 20:40
    This was great for you to do Earl. I remember the day well. As usual I was in a airport trying to fly to Newark across the river from New York. I never made it that week but was on one of the first planes they let into the big apple. I always sat in first class with a window and I prefer aisle on the New York trips just to view the city including the WTC the pattern brought you down the Hudson. I was in tears. My heart was broken not because of the buildings being gone but because all the people that we lost and how it affected their love ones and all of us. We should be for the worse if we ever forget.
  5. The Body Politic - Joshua Gross 11/9/06 09:47

    It really has been an honor to be part of this effort, and I'm glad to see that you've been involved as well. As always, great work.


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