Saturday, 10 September 2011


  When journalists were invited to do a dedication,to a victim of 9/11 to mark the aniversary five years ago,I thought about it and decided I would like to pay a tribute ,to one of these brave people ,It , however become a very moving thing to do ,and as I  researched this my heart  become heavier and heavier ,John has become so real to Maurice and I, of course we couldnt know him ,but it so important,to bear in mind ,many people did know and love him and be mindful of their grief ,then and now.
 Nearly 3000 people perished on that awful day...... John was one of,that number  !  And now ten years on I still hold this man in a very special place in my heart

[John Santore]He was a married man,with two daughters ,how they must miss him .He was fourty nine.

Here is part of my entry....

There has been alot of TV coverage ,on the disaster that started the millenium off. and we have been watching it all ,The New york fire Brigade had been featured on a film some Rooky firemen were making at the time ,and as it coincided with the disaster they decided to carry on ,and as you see from the above pictures John's picture was also featured .Here is the tribute left by his wife
John Santore
John  Santore

World Trade Center

Spoiling the Girls

When the Santores traveled, a few things always accompanied them: candles and two Champagne glasses wrapped in a towel. The candles were store-bought; the glasses were a relic. They were the same glasses John A. Santore and Frances Scarselli used to drink to their happiness the night he asked her to marry him. Mr. Santore asked the waiter if he could keep them.

Both the candles and the glasses were necessary tools for Mr. Santore, a firefighter with Ladder Company 5 on Staten Island, the father of two girls, 20 and 13, and a romantic.

"He would set the table with the candles and the flowers and the wine and then cook for us," Mrs. Santore said. "We are three girls in the home, so he would always spoil us."

On weekend mornings, Mr. Santore would run to a deli to buy coffee and croissants for the family so they would not have to cook. During the week, he would often surprise his wife with a bunch of wildflowers.

When someone mentioned the need for a maritime museum on Staten Island to honor John Noble, a famed local artist, Mr. Santore, 49, formed what he called the Noble Crew to build it, his wife said.

"He was wonderful with his hands," she said. `There was nothing he couldn't do."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES
John it was my honor to be assigned to you ,as my victim you became my hero,and I shall think of you often ,and I send very special love to your wife Frances and your daughters

......Jan xx



Donna said...

I have done tributes to five of these people (two just today), and yes, it affects you when you do the research. However, what really touched me was the comments left by friends and relatives of these people. They are so appreciative that someone took the time to remember someone special to them.

Jean said...

Hi Jan
Once again you have done a wonderful tribute to John ,such a brave courageous gentleman ,who will be loved and remembered by his family and by you .
Love and hugs

AlikiBags said...

Hello dear Jan,

You are such a wonderful person, adding a personal tribute like this !

My heart has been heavy over the last few days, thinking about the magnitude of this shattering event. It will go on for a long, long time for the individuals and the whole world!

It is good to focus on the brave individuals and their bereft families....puts it into a comprehensible scale.

Thank you for this,

Kiki x

Vix said...

What a wonderful tribute, Jan. x


I was touched by this story. It is a wonderful tribute to someone who had his life cut short by such horror. We will never forget. Thank you for keeping his memory alive.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It is so important that we never forget the wonderful people that lost their lives on that tragic day. Bless you for taking the time to share this tribute. God Bless America

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute to a hero on 9/11... On behalf of the USA I would like to thank you, for remembering us on this anniversary!
Hugs with Love,

mortonlake said...

very touching jan/tc love mort xx

mortonlake said...

very touching jan/tc love mort xx

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful tribute Jan! I loved reading it. I'm so glad you are on FB. Not sure how much I will be on blogger. I couldn't keep up before very well, you know.
Have a good night,

Ally Lifewithally said...

Jan what a beautiful tribute to John ~ thankyou so much for sharing ~ Ally x

imac said...

What a fine tribute to a man you got to know, you can tell how close you got my the way to tell the story, you broken heart shows, thats why its such a beautiful post my friend.

lunarossa said...

A true hero and a wonderful tribute, Jan. All the best. Ciao. A.x

Aileen said...

Dear Jan, thank you for your recent visit to my Page....difficult times for Allan and I just now, but coping. Often think of you!

Best wishes to you and Maurice for the coming year 2012


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Jan, I hope 2012 will bring your wishes to you.

rache x