Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on September 11, 2010
Last year, I participated in the Project 2,996, a special blog project honoring the 2,996 victims of the horrific 9/11 attacks. Today, September 11, 2010 — the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that changed our nation — we’ve all been asked to repost last year’s tribute.
Rena Sam-Dinnoo, you’ve not been forgotten. Although we never met, I think about you often, as do your family and friends. You were taken away far too soon.
In addition to my original post, I’m dedicating to Rena, her family, and her friends this beautiful poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning — Sonnets from the Portuguese: VII.
It’s one of my favorites, as it touches me deep inside my soul. I believe Rena would have liked it, too.
The face of all the world is changed, I think,
Since first I heard the footsteps of thy soul
Move still, oh, still, beside me, as they stole
Betwixt me and the dreadful outer brink
Of obvious death, where I, who thought to sink,
Was caught up into love, and taught the whole
Of life in a new rhythm. The cup of dole
God gave for baptism, I am fain to drink,
And praise its sweetness, Sweet, with thee anear.
The names of country, heaven, are changed away
For where thou art or shalt be, there or here;
And this . . . this lute and song . . . loved yesterday,
(The singing angels know) are only dear
Because thy name moves right in what they say.
Rest in peace, Rena.
Original post: September 11, 2009
Today marks the 8-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of World Trade Center I and II, The Pentagon, Shanksville, American Airlines Flights 11 & 77, and United Airlines Flight 93 & 175.
As part of Project 2,996, I’m honored and saddened to be selected to remember and give tribute to a strong, loving woman. Rena Sam-Dinnoo was one of the 2,996 people who perished during the horrific 9/11 attacks. She was only 28 when she was killed with so many others during the attack on the World Trade Center. Rena was working in Tower 1 when the mammoth building was struck by a plane piloted by terrorists.
From the family tribute page I found dedicated to Rena, there is a detailed description of Rena’s life, one that was joyful and full of promise. It describes an intelligent, hardworking woman who was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. A young woman who loved her life, loved her husband and her family, loved her job as Financial Accountant of the New York Finance Center of Marsh & McLennan in the NYC World Trade Center.
Rena was planning on pursuing her master’s degree in accounting and she and her husband Andy were thinking of starting a family of their own, neither of which will ever happen.
From Rena’s family’s tribute page to her:
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Rena Sam-Dinnoo reported for work at the World Trade Center. Her family has not heard from her since. She is dearly missed by her loved ones: Andy Dinnoo, her husband, Clarence Sam, her father, Dhanmapee Sam, her mother, Gina and Lisa Sam, her younger sisters. May she rest in peace.
I will never know Rena, but feel that had I ever met her, we would have been close friends. She was vibrant and joyous and generous, a bright light that made others happy. The tragedy of her senseless, premature death will not be forgotten. Her death reminds us that life is precious, that none of us knows what tomorrow holds, so grasping with gusto TODAY is most important.
Euripides, the great Greek tragedian of ancient Greece, wrote: No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.
More from her family’s dedication page:
“She was never a dull person,” Mr. Dinnoo said. “She is well educated, and loved to talk, really about anything.” He said that he and his wife had not seen much of each other lately because he had been away on business for the six weeks before Labor Day, and then she had gone to Boston last weekend to pick apples with relatives. “We went shopping together to buy groceries on Monday night,” he said. “Monday night is the last time we went out together.”
Rena, may you rest in peace and know that America still cares. America still remembers.
Still remembers the terrorism and horrific destruction brought about by hate-driven Muslim zealots, depraved Islamic animals in their quest to “kill all infidels.”
Rena, you deserved to live. Not be an obscure number in the roster of 9/11 murder victims.
Ztower has a number of poignant 9/11 tributes, including this one on firefighter John Giordano. Well done, Z!
A thought-provoking, brief essay by Burt Prelutsky at Big Hollywood: Honoring September 11th: Days of Infamy.
From Rep. Joe Wilson’s “Tweets from the Road”.
Nice Deb has compiled a number of 9/11 links and photos: Remembering 9/11 Link-Around.
Sad poll results posted today at Rasmussen Reports: 49% Say Impact of 9/11 Attacks Forgotten By Most Americans… Lovely tribute and quote from Shakespeare at Leaning Straight Up: Remember.
This paragraph from Gary Graham’s Big Hollywood piece on remembering September 11 echoes the horror I felt eight years ago:
The images of those New Yorkers the next few days wandering the streets around Ground Zero with pictures of their missing loved ones, hoping beyond hope that perhaps it was a simple bump on the head and temporary amnesia that kept them from phoning home to tell them they were okay… These thoughts suck the wind from my soul.
There’s a must-read 9/11 testimonial at Vets On The Watch, honoring Louis J. Nacke II.
Fabulous video at Big Hollywood: Honoring September 11th: You Can Stand Me Up at the Gates of Hell
Thank you to John Nolte at Big Hollywood for this wonderful piece on George W. Bush: Honoring September 11th: He Kept Us Safe
Free Views: Americans are Patriots and Heroes. All of us, born here and countless millions who dream of America, & come to her shores- Possess the American Spirit
Gateway Pundit: Smart Power… 9-11 Mastermind Will Face Trial in NY Civilian Court
Vets On The Watch: KSM- Coming To A City Near You
VotingFemale Speaks! Obama will Torture New Yorkers; Will Try 911 Terrorist War Fighters as common criminals; sets up their walking free on basis of treatment as war fighters
Gathering of Eagles NY, Candidates for Impeachment: Eric Holder and Barack Obama
Creeping Sharia: Obama bringing Gitmo 9/11 suspects to NY for trial
Michelle Malkin: Bombshell: Obama bringing KSM to NYC for trial; former Bush AG Mukasey to respond at Federalist Society this afternoon
The Underground Conservative: Obama Orders A Show Trial
Additional 9/11 tributes & postings, in 2010:
Conservative Hideout 2.0: September 11, 2001
Gateway Pundit: Obama at Pentagon Speech: “Sorry Bunch of Men Hit Us on 9-11 and Islamists Call 9-11 “International Burn an American Flag Day” to Promote Sharia & War Against Infidels and Pastor Jones: Won’t Burn A Quran, ‘Not Today, Not Ever.’
Mcnorman’s Weblog: Words Can Never Express The Loss America Felt
Diary of a Mad Conservative: Obama: “We are not at war with Islam.” He’s right.
Motor City Times: Saturday Night Links: Remembering September 11th, 2001
Michelle Malkin: 9/12: America’s monumental shame and 9/11 remembrance: Spitting on their graves and The eternal flame of Muslim outrage
Caffeinated Thoughts: America The Beautiful
The Powers That Be: 9.11
The Blog Prof: 911 Tribute Video: The Day The Earth Was Soaked With Tears