Saturday, September 09, 2006

A September 11th tribute to Michael Joseph Mullin #431 on a list of too many

Where were you on September 11th 2001? Do you remember what your first thought upon waking was? Do you remember your plans for the day? Did you get your kids off to school, your spouse off to work, yourself off to work? And where were you on September 12th, 2001? Were you mourning someone you loved? Or were you like so many of us and just mourning something that was lost?

On September 11th, 2001, Michael Joseph Mullin, 27, got up, got ready for work and went along with his plans for the day. His plans included work. Michael was a Trader for Cantor Fitzgerald, located on the 104th floor of the North Tower of The world Trade building. Unfortunately for Michael, that was where his life would end. Michael, along with every other person who went to work in his offices that day were killed when a plane struck the building just after 9am. Michael was the son of Lynn and Fredric Mullin. He was one of five children, he had 3 brothers, Chris, Fredric, and Kevin, and one sister, Susan. He loved sports, any and all sports. I guess you could say he was a "guy's, guy." His brother Chris described him as "a man who took advantage of every opportunity that came his way. Within a period of months, Michael watched the Yankees beat the Mets in the 2000 World Series, traveled to Florida to see the Giants play in the Super Bowl, and went to Las Vegas twice."Some people can go their whole lives not doing that", his brother said. A month before his death, Michael and his girlfriend, Lisa Kantrowitz, took a two-week trip to California, touring the wineries of Napa Valley. Michael insisted on buying a bottle of wine at each vineyard they visited. The two met a year and a half before his death when they had shared a summer house on Fire Island. They had plans to move in together and eventually marry. She had described them as inseparable. There were many things Michael was never able to do. Get Married, have children, see his siblings have children. We owe it to Michael to never let him be forgotten, to not allow him to be just a number amongst 2995 others.
Take a moment today to remember the Tragedy of 911, but also remember Michael. Remember his love of sports, his closeness with his family, his love of Lisa. Lets keep him as an individual, he deserves at least that for all that he and his family lost that day. Remember where you were on September 12th 2001, and think of where Michaels family was. He was a son, a brother, a cousin, a friend, a lover, and mostly a person. WE WILL REMEMBER YOU.