This is a re-post from a few years ago:
We shall never forget
We shall keep this day,
We shall keep the events and the tears
In our minds, our memory and our hearts
and take them with us as we carry on.
I wanted to share this with you…. When my dad worked for Consolidated Freightways (CF Trucking), they donated the shipping costs related to transporting steel beams from the World Trade Center. They were being shipped to Rancho Cucamonga where a local artist was creating sculptures for various memorials across the US, part of a program called “Freedoms Flame”. Unfortunately, during this time, CF filed bankruptcy and tons of their trucks were still loaded with products from different companies that now were being abandoned. Most of the steel beams had already been delivered thankfully!
At CF, my father’s last tasks included organizing the auctions to move all that merchandise & CF property. It was during this time that he discovered one remaining Steel beam from the World Trade Center. No one at CF wanted it. He was afraid it would end up in the dump so he brought it home in a very large crate box. He contacted the artist’s representatives and was told that they had more than they needed. It sat in his garage a little longer. When we would go visit my parents, we would marvel at the crate box and get little sneek peeks thru the grooves at the steel beam within.
After a couple years, they relocated to Texas and they moved the beam with them, still not sure what to do with it but knowing that they definitely had to give it back in some way. My parents live in Lake Worth in a tight knit community, where they met a local city official. My father mentioned the beam & shared the story with him. He offered it to the community for any future memorials. I guess some time passed and he didn’t hear anything so he forgot about it again. A few months later, he finally got the call he had been waiting for! A memorial was being built in Grapevine Texas. This memorial was going to include a garden and would be visible from the flight paths at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport. The steel beam finally had a resting place!
The dedication was on the 4th of July. You can see what they’ve done with the steel beam. My mom told me they will be placing a note card in front of it letting people know how it was obtained & my dad’s name will be included. Kinda cool huh? So if you are ever in Grapevine Texas, be sure to visit the 911 memorial garden!
…And this is all she got!
You’d never guess who is supposed to be in this picture!? My 15 year old former self would’ve DIED at this interaction with this mega British pop star. To Be THIS close would’ve been beyond my wildest dreams!
You see, I was a teenage groupie of many many bands back in the day but there was ONE band in particular that I was CRAZY for! I even got to see them once during my junior year of high school back in 1984. It was an AWFUL experience! I brought a boyfriend who didn’t like their music, I lost my friends in the crowd, and quite frankly, the band didn’t perform well Live!
As if the experience couldn’t get any worse, when I did finally find my group of friends after the concert, they told me all about their fabulous night & how they not only met Grace Slick of Jefferson Starship fame. They also met the biggest concert promotor of the Bay Area, Bill Graham. All my concert tickets said “Bill Graham presents” so I knew he was a big deal! My friends excitedly went on to tell me that he personally invited them to return the next day to watch the band record a video in the arena. I was so green with envy and filled with so much jealousy it hurt! My friends decided to help me find Mr. Graham to request an extra ticket, I failed miserably to pursuade him after he asked if they were my favorite band. My response was “F@#K yeah!” and this did not sit well with him AT ALL! Who knew, Mr. Rock & Roll himself would take offense? He could not be swayed & I was sent away sad & dejected and of course, embarassed, I had better manners than that!
To add salt to the would, my friends called me from the taping the next day to say that the doors to the arena were WIDE OPEN and they were not even checking tickets! When the video was on heavy rotation on MTV a few months later, I got a sick feeling in my gut each time I watched it! I’ve been to hundreds of concerts since then & I have always claimed that THAT ONE was my worst!
Stay tuned until next week, when I share Part II of this story and the reveal of this “Epic Photo Fail”