Amy and the City of Angels

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“That’s all an angel is….an idea of God.”
Meister Eckhart

There are three days that will forever stand out in my mind:
11.22.1963 (J.F.K. Assassinated), 1.28.1986 (Space Shuttle Challenger) and 9.11.2001 (WTC).
I remember driving to work on the morning of 9/11 and thinking how beautiful a day it was; magnificent sunshine with an indigo blue sky dotted with the occasional white puff of cloud. Nothing could go wrong today, I thought.
It was shortly after 9AM that I received the first phone call of the day from a friend that had been listening to his car radio and heard a broadcast that would forever change the social landscape of the United States.
After I hung up the phone, I had a sinking feeling that the world as I once knew it could never be the same. Unfortunately, my deepest intuitions were undoubtedly correct.
9/11 was a day that found me feeling very disconnected regarding the catastrophic events that were unraveling before my eyes.
I knew no one that died that day yet somehow felt I knew them all.
The feeling was uncomfortable and eerie.

When I heard about the 2,996 campaign, I thought it was a wonderful idea.
I wanted to be part of the crusade that would pay tribute to every person that died on 9/11.
I went to the DC Roe website and filled out a few forms before hitting the ‘submit’ button to be assigned my victim.
When I saw the name “Amy N. Jarret” appear on my screen, the strangest thing happened; I no longer felt the disconnection I’d felt on 9/11.
For me, that tragic day was now very real and intensely personal.

Amy N. Jarret, 28, of North Smithfield, R.I., was a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175, a daily trip that touched down at LAX in Los Angeles.
UA175 was the second plane hijacked from Logan International.
It was flown into the WTC’s South Tower and seen on live TV across the nation.
I can’t imagine the unspeakable horror for Amy’s relatives that were forced to re-live her final moments on that day over and over again.
I found several sites on the internet that quote Amy’s father, Aram Jarret.
I wanted to include the quotes if only to give you a sense of who Amy really was.

“She was the consummate professional,” the 58-year-old North Smithfield, R.I. attorney said yesterday of his 28-year-old daughter, the third of his four children. “She was smart, professional, very helpful, and she had no hesitation about putting someone in their place.”

“If there’s a crisis, then she would always be one of those people you’d want with you,” he said. “I don’t know what happened up there, but she would have been one of those people trying to do the right thing.”
“But what strikes me is just how senseless this whole thing is, and it’s tragic that innocent people get caught in this,” said Jarret. “She had no chance.”

Amy loved slot machines and betting on racehorses.
It’s conceivable that I could have been standing next to her as she played slots on one of my occasional journeys to Foxwoods.
She was also a diehard Notre Dame fan; that alone puts her in a class all by herself.
Maybe the most sacred thing that happened on 9/11 to Amy Jarret was that instead of flying to the City of Angels, Amy was finally flying with them.
I will continue to take comfort in the fact that her soul went skyward that day, towards the expansive blue heaven she so obviously loved.

Sleep in sweet peace, Amy.
We will always remember…

Amy

~m

*To read more tributes, go to DC Roe

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17 thoughts on “Amy and the City of Angels

  1. That is a great tribute. I too felt that it all became intensely personal when I began my tribute. I wasn’t prepared for all of the emotions that came up while putting it together. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Hey Kim-
    I think what really floored me wasn’t so much the emotions involved but more the realization of what
    actually happened that day. Doing this tribute brought 9/11 very close to me.
    It’s still devastating just to think about.
    Thanks so much for stopping by.

    ~m

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  2. Michael,
    So beautiful…I’m sure Amy would have loved it. You hit the nail on the head about this experience making 911 deeply personal. In doing my tribute I found myself desperate to do it right, give my guy justice. We will never forget – nor should we – ever.
    Love,
    Annie

    Thanks, Annie.
    I really do hope her soul is shining.
    Your tribute was wonderful as well.
    I think we did right by these folks…

    ~m 

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  3. Michael, wonderfully written, as I knew it would be! I think that the journey being a part of this project has taken us all on is as important as the tributes we’ve written. You WILL remember now and for always, and pass on that sense of loss to your children and those you love…..thankyou for introducing Amy to me….
    Kelly
    I remember Marisa DiNardo Schorpp

    It’s funny, Kel, it was much easier writing this than I thought it would be.
    I’m really hoping to get a comment from someone in her family.
    I pray this post gives them some much needed solace.

    ~m 

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  4. A fitting tribute. It is a sad day but we must remember. Thank you for reminding us of that.

    Bloggers around the world are reminding everyone.
    I thinks it’s wonderful.
    Thanks for the visit, Fuzz.

    ~m 

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  5. What a lovely tribute. I am in tears. You did a wonderful job of honoring this individual. You have truly captured to concept of these tributes. Thank you for participating. My heart goes out to all of the friends and families who lost someone that awful day. God bless your kind and generous heart.

    I feel truly honored to be able to do it. 

    ~m 

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  6. God Bless Amy and all the others who lost their lives on such a tragic day! May we Never Forget!!!

    My biggest concern since 9/11 is—

    Why haven’t we yet secured our borders! Americans Must stick together and insist we do!

    Fantastic Post!
    8)

    I’m with you on the border thing, Starbender.
    We see what’s happening and yet we do very little.
    Thanks for stopping in…

    ~m 

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  7. Michael,

    I just hope you read this. I wish I had heard about this website sooner so I could have responded. It’s now the 10th Anniversary of Sept 11th and my family and I are planning on going to the 9/11 memorial to honor Amy and all the other victims. Amy was my sister and reading your words about someone you’ve never met was so moving. As I’ve said, my family is planning on meeting in NYC for the memorial and I hope to share your tribute to Amy with them. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this and your words are greatly appreciated.

    Marc Jarret

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  8. I just hope you read this. I wish I had heard about this website sooner so I could have responded. It’s now the 10th Anniversary of Sept 11th and my family and I are planning on going to the 9/11 memorial to honor Amy and all the other victims. Amy was my sister and reading your words about someone you’ve never met was so moving. As I’ve said, my family is planning on meeting in NYC for the memorial and I hope to share your tribute to Amy with them. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this and your words are greatly appreciated.

    Marc Jarret

    We’ve already traded several emails but know that I am so damn happy you found me.
    I’ve thought about Amy and your family every September since 2006.
    Funny how things happen.
    I pray all goes well tomorrow in NYC.
    As I already told you, Amy will be uppermost in my mind tomorrow morning in church.
    Thanks, Marc
    Keep the faith.
    ~m

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  9. Amy Jarrett is the extremely distant cousin of Uncle Don Carney (born Howard Rice, best known for mythical words, I guess that’ll hold the little (expletive). Rice was a radio actor.)

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  10. Amy was an amazing human being who had the best sense of humor. She always made me smile. We went to college together, and I am offering prayers to her now.

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  11. Amy was an amazing human being who had the best sense of humor. She always made me smile.
    We went to college together, and I am offering prayers to her now.

    Thank you so much for commenting, Amy’s friend.
    I knew when I started writing her tribute 5 years ago that she was simply amazing.
    I, too, am praying for her tonight.
    Be safe, be well, be happy.
    It’s what Amy would have wanted for you.
    ~m

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  12. God Bless Amy and all who lost their lives that day. And God bless you Michael, for keeping the memory of this beautiful young woman alive in so many hearts.

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    1. Deb-
      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I will never know just how many people come and go after reading this.
      Amy has influenced my life in many ways and I never even met her.
      I am thankful for finally getting in touch with her brother, Marc.
      Fate is a funny thing.
      I keep her memory alive every year and will continue to do so.
      Be safe, be well, be happy.
      Michael

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