This post will appear Sep 11, 2009 at 8:46 A.M., the time the first of four hijacked airliners was crashed by 19 terrorists, eventually killing almost three thousand people besides themselves.
Today, bloggers will remember those victims. My tribute is to the unseen victims of 9/11/2001…
Who are the children that would have been born over the last eight years if one or both of their parents had not been killed by terrorists on 9/11/2001?
We will never know them, because their conception was prevented by the murder of one or both of their parents.
Many of the known victims from 9/11/2001 were of childbearing age or younger. People like Jennifer Mazzotta who was 23 years old and engaged. People like Sara Elizabeth Manley Harvey who was 31 when she was married on 8/11/2001 and murdered exactly one month later. Others were single, like sisters Lisa Egan (31) and Samantha Egan (24).
With their deaths died any hope of their being a mother now, eight years later.
On the airplanes themselves, there were families with young children. Who knows if those parents would have had more children had they not been murdered that day.
There were 2,996 known victims on 9/11/2001, and there are countless unseen victims… children (and future grandchildren, etc.) who never got the chance to live.