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 http://www.legacy.com/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=115440.
If you'd like to learn more about him and his family, I invite you to
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