September 11, 2009

We remember...


On September 11, 2001 our nieces' husband, John, was killed in the brutal attack on the World Trade Center and on America. Our family waited for hours and then days, weeks and months for some sign that John had survived the attack, hoping he would be found injured in one of the hospitals or even in the rubble of the buildings. This, of course, would never be. The only thing ever found was his unclaimed car in a nearby parking garage. John, as well as thousands of others are missed terribly, especially today as we honor their memories. Please take a minute to read John's story...
On September 11, 2001 John P. Salamone, a broker in preferred stocks for Cantor Fitzgerald, died in the attacks at the World Trade Center. He worked on the 104th floor of Tower 1. True to his competitive nature, John left his office with a few of his friends and tried valiantly to escape the horror. While he could not defeat the magnitude of the disaster, there is no doubt no one tried harder to get home to his family and children.
John Patrick Salamone was born on January 25, 1964 at Fort Hood, Texas. He grew up in Fairfield, and graduated from West Essex Regional High School where he excelled in the classroom and on the athletic field. At Oglethorpe University in Atlanta he earned a business administration degree and later graduated from Fordham University with an MBA degree. John worked at Shearson Lehman Brothers, Kidder Peabody and Quick and Reilly before moving to Cantor in 1998.
The town of Fairfield was John's home for 26 years. He later moved to West Caldwell and then for three years resided in North Caldwell with his wife and three young, beautiful children. John enjoyed nothing so much as spending time with Alex, Aidan and Anna. Anna thought of her father as "Prince Charming." For all of them he was the light of their lives.
John chose soccer as his sport at an early age and quickly developed his skills. He was a talented soccer player on both the interscholastic and intercollegiate level. He was a three-year letterman at West Essex and is among the school's best all-time players. At Oglethorpe John was captain of the team and was twice named All-District as well as twice selected for the All-South team. In 2002 he was inducted into the Oglethorpe University Sports Hall of Fame. Oglethorpe's long-time soccer coach called John "the finest soccer player I ever coached." In October of 2002 the soccer field was named in his honor. A soccer tournament is held annually at his alma mater to raise funds for the John P. Salamone Endowed Scholarship for students exemplifying his spirit.
No one loved life, family and friends more than John. And that love was reciprocated by the more than one thousand people who came to pay their respects at his memorial services. It was truly a testament to his character. Most of all everyone remembers his amazing sense of humor, his contagious personality and his undaunting character. In any serious situation, he would find the lighter side of it and make you laugh about it. He could hurt you and make you laugh about that, too. He rarely lost at anything and called you "sucker" to remind you. He was always one of the first ones chosen once the real games started. These are only a few of the words to describe him--funny, charming, competitive, athletic, sincere, loving, happy-go lucky, sarcastic, talented, caring. What best sums up who John was is this statement by one of his Oglethorpe friends. " He was the glue to our team and our friendships. Everyone wanted to be around him."
John's athletic accomplishments were many, but his most significant accomplishments were the type of person he was, the way he cared for his fellow man, and the love devotion and loyalty he exhibited to family and friends. We are saddened by having to endure his loss, yet we are grateful for having been enriched by his presence.
For his courage and his determination, for his love and his friendship, we will remember and honor him always in our thoughts, and through the John P. Salamone Memorial Foundation.
John and Mary Ellen's three beautiful children.

Our niece, Mary Ellen and her three children along with her parents, my husband's brother and his wife.

Ground Zero Memorial made by some of the surviving children.

These are the memorial plaques the children made that are a permanent part of the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero.

This one was made by Aiden.
by Alex
...and by Anna.

A special Memorial in Essex County, New Jersey.
To my dear family in New Jersey...you are in our thoughts and prayers today as we, as well as our country, remember all those lost in this terrible tragedy.

We miss you, John.

Carrie


16 comments:

Denise said...

I will be thinking of your family today, as I think of everyone that lost their lives.

XXDenise

Deborah said...

Lifting you family in prayer never ceasing on this somber day. My love to all of you. Deborah

Amy said...

I'll be thinking of his family on this somber day for sure. He sounds like he was a wonderful man.

debi said...

Carrie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today...and all those lost in the tragedy of September 11.
Hugs, Debi

koralee said...

So so sad....for the families and for the world! Blessings today as your thoughts are filled with loss.

Lisa said...

Thinking of you and praying for you...

BECKY said...

How very poignant, Carrie. What a beautifultestimony to John and his life. I will pray for hiw wife and children. I cannot imagine enduring a loss like this. May our loving heavenly Father comfort you all and give your spirit peace and rest.

Love and prayers,
Becky

Utah Grammie said...

With my heart in my throat - I pray for you and your family and the huge sacrifice they all have made. Thank yo for sharing this heartfelt tribute to someone's son, someone's husband, someone's Daddy, someone's friend..and all who miss him and love him-

Country Dreaming said...

Blessings and prayers to you and your family. It is truly a tough day for all.
Try to have a good weekend.

Melinda

creative breathing said...

Carrie, John's story is such a reminder of how fragile our lives are and that love is the only thing truly of importance. This could not have been an easy post for you, but it will always stay with me. Elizabeth

Lori said...

Carrie, i am so sorry for your family's loss and for all of those who died in the attacks...what a sad day for our country!!!

Pen Pen said...

Wow, it's seems even more real after reading your post. That whole event is still so terribly unbelievable to me... like something out of a sick movie. May God bless your family!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I just got home after being away for the weekend, and read this moving, heartbreaking and so important email about your nephew. Yes, we did pause and pray during that day as the names and pictures were being flashed across the screen. You are right, it makes it so much more personal when you are introduced to someone who did loose a loved one, like you did with this post. I love that you shared pictures and information about John and his life. What an extrememly talented and gifted young man!! What a beautiful wife he had and three precious children!
I am sorry, so sorry for all of you! The pain and heartache must have been unbearable during that time. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us this September 11th.

Ruby Red Slippers said...

It still seems like it was yesterday-That day is forever burned in my memory...I am so sorry for your neice, and her children-My prayers are with them-It is heartbreaking for the family left behind!

Nik said...

I found your blog via my sister-in-law's and I want you to know how truly touched I was by your post. Thank you for taking the time. Thank you for making something that at times becomes too big to fathom, personal enough to remember that it is individual loss as well as the collective. Bless your family and may God strengthen you and continue to do so.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Thank you so much, Nik for your kind comment! It meant so much to me and my family! Sorry I could not get to your blog to leave you a comment, perhaps you will see this!

Carrie

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