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Bill Weaver's Son
Bill Weaver is one of my mom's long time colleagues at British Airways. Like many people who work for BA in the States he's a Brit who settled over here. That explains how we knew him as more than just as one of Mom's friends from work, he played the bass drum in the largest local pipe band, so we saw him at the Highland Games.

Bill Weaver had a son who was about my age, his name was Walter. He stayed on Long Island and got a job in the city. He was a police officer with the NYPD, and he was part of an emergency response team. His job was to rescue people. He was doing that job five years ago today. The last anyone ever saw him, he was going to rescue people trapped in an elevator on the 11th floor of the World Trade Center.

The volunteers who sifted by hand through the rumble that was left after the towers collapsed never found any human remains of Walter Weaver. What they did find was his gun. That's what they gave Bill Weaver to remember his son by. There's no grave except for what is now a cleared sight awaiting a new building. There's a memorial for him in Edinburgh, but as far as I know any memorial in New York is waiting on that new building.

When people talk about what happened five years ago they talk about the buildings, but they only talk about the people in general terms. Nearly three thousand people died. If we think of that number, but we forget the individuals I think we risk reacting the way the terrorists want us to. The terrorists certainly didn't think of them as individuals. What they wanted was a body count, like some high score on a video game. This was no game, these were real people. So every year on this day I will talk about Bill Weaver's son, the son of a man I know. I just hope others do the same for all the rest, so that we can all remember and understand that these were real people, not numbers.


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merastra From: merastra Date: September 11th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. Every single one of them was a real person with hopes and dreams and a real family and friends.
enugent From: enugent Date: September 11th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honoring Walter Weaver

From The 2996 Project, a project to honor each and every victim, (but the website is totally overloaded right now - here's the Google cached list of who's honoring whom).
enugent From: enugent Date: September 11th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, this is the Google cache link.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: September 11th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting that. Its nice to see people writing about the individuals, though I wish that guy had done some basic research so he could write more about the person -- all this guy knew is that he was in an Emergency Response Unit. Nothing about his father, or the pipe band, or the fact that Walter had three brother, a long term girlfriend and a menagerie of pets.
enugent From: enugent Date: September 11th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see that you posted and let him know. It's tough to do research when all you have is a name and a date of death, and the different bloggers in the project have done different amounts of work on it. I hope that the loved ones of many of the victims will add their voices to all the different posts.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 11th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
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