[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]
It’s been my custom for a few years to post on Sept. 11 a column I wrote for National Review Online back in 2004, “Never Forget.” It was about one family, the Sullivans, who lost their son and brother, Patrick, in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
I’ve stayed in touch with the family over the years, and for this year’s anniversary I asked them to say a few words about Patrick, and about the plans to erect a mosque near the place where he was killed. The column that resulted, “Remembering Patrick Sullivan,” was posted Saturday afternoon on NRO. Here’s how it begins:
Patrick Sullivan would be 41 years old today. By now he probably would have had a family, and he and his wife and kids probably would have spent this summer in Breezy Point, out at the far western tip of the Rockaway Peninsula, where his parents and his two brothers have summer houses. He would have watched his kids playing with their grandparents and uncles and cousins on the beach, the same beach where he and his brothers played when they were young. He probably would have had a great life.
But Patrick never got married or had children, never got his house near the beach. He was one of the 2,606 people who were killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, one of the 2,977 Americans murdered by Islamic terrorists that morning nine years ago.
There’s no commenting allowed at NRO, so please feel free to click back and comment here after you’ve read the whole thing.
UPDATE: Some commenters have reported the links were down, but they seem to be working now. — Jack