What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?



It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years. I hate to be trite, but it is true that date both feels like a million years ago and like it was last month. I gave a lot of thought to how I wanted to mark the day this year, and I decided what I needed was a single person’s story. I didn’t want to post broad strokes or nameless losses. I wanted something more personal. This story is as personal as it gets.

Of course, there were many, many personal stories that ended on 9/11/01. But I think this one paints a particularly vivid picture. The author is retired NYPD Transit Bureau Chief Joe Fox, and the story is about his nephew, probie Firefighter Michael Roberts, and how the New York members of service, be they NYPD or FDNY, all came together to support each other during that unthinkable time.

Young Michael Roberts’s body was one of the few that were found and identified after 9/11. I’m glad his family got that peace that was denied so many families of the fallen.

You can read Chief Fox’s account of Michael’s wake and homecoming on his blog. Wishing his family and all the families who lost someone on 9/11 a peaceful 20th anniversary.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “Homecoming

  1. “Words” just don’t mean much today.

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  2. I have chills. I was going back to my blogs from when I was last in NYC, July 2016. We visited the Freedom Tower and the park where the towers stood. I took a picture of one of the names etched in the granite, with a rose inserted because it was that person’s birthday. The picture I posted in my blog was a rose in the name of Michael Roberts.

    Here’s the link. I know there could have been more than one Michael Roberts. But I like to think right now that I took a picture of the Michael Roberts, 5 years ago, that I would read about today.

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  3. I will never forget that day. I was watching when the second tower was hit. I will never stop asking, Why? Knowing how many we lost, I also ask why did we ever send our military to Afghanistan? They never wanted us there and that is clear today. I am never going to change. If we send our military to war, we send them with the idea is to win. Nothing, including the Atomic bomb, is off the table. If we are worried about killing innocent people then keep our military home. Hal

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  4. It is one of those events from life and history in which time just telescopes. Every year it is as if we are transported right back to those minutes, hours, and days and everything feels horribly raw again. That’s how trauma works. It is also how grief works and I can only imagine the anguish of those who lost loved ones is magnified by the significance of this particular anniversary. I think it was a lovey idea to focus on one person. Remembering that the magnitude of this tragedy was the experience of thousands of individual tragedies is very important.

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