It is hard to believe that the horrific events that unfolded on September 11, 2001 could effect our quiet, rural community.
But they did.
Carol Flyzik was a 1979 graduate of our local high school.
She was aboard American Airlines Flight 11, the first airplane to hit the World Trade Towers on that fateful day.
At her Memorial Service in September 2001, friends and family played a recording of a saxophone solo she performed of "Gonna Fly Now," a chilling foreshadowing of the impending loss of an innocent life, a reminder that no one is immune from the long arms of hatred and persecution.
Rest in peace, dear Carol.
We will always remember.
Many local residents attended her Memorial Service at the First Congregational Church where her mother served as organist for many years.
I would like to dedicate this post to Carol and to all of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.