I've tweaked it a bit, after having received a book called "REQUIEM: Images of Ground Zero" in the mail from Gary's sister, Christine, who read my 2009 blog post. (Christine, if you ever read this, thank you sooooo much for sending it to me...it had gone to an old address of mine, but it ended up getting to me a bit later!!!)
In the decade that has passed, so much has happened in this country. And to each one of us on a personal level. We should always keep in mind every day how very fragile life is. I would appreciate all of you to read below and think for a moment about the man whose name I was given in the original project efforts, and the 2,995 others whose names are just as important, including those on United Flight 93 that went down by Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, near my husband's hometown of Latrobe.
As part of Project 2996, I would like to shine a light on one man of whom, until Sept 10 of 2009, I had never heard…but now after reading about him and hearing the memories of those he left behind, I understand how important it is that he is remembered. That he is honored. Now, 10 years later. And thereafter.
His name is Gary P. Geidel, and he was a fireman for New York City Fire Department. He was one of 10 in his company who died in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. He was 44.
Please remember Gary P. Geidel.