Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Small Town Remembers

We live in a very small town 40 miles north of Boston.

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.

She was remembered as a loving daughter and companion, a compassionate nurse and a talented tenor sax player during her high school years.

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.