Every generation has at least one momentous occasion when the world stopped, attention was snapped and what you were doing at that moment will stay with you forever. In the 60’s, it was the assassinations of JFK and MLK. In 2001, it was 9/11. You would be hard pressed to find anyone that cannot recall what they were doing when that second plane hit the second tower and we realized that it was not a horrible accident but we were under attack and planes full of people were the weapons of destruction.
Swapping stories of where we were that day becomes compulsory sometimes – as if by talking about it, repeating it, we can release some of the horror of that morning. I was just dropping my son off at preschool when the first plane struck. My thought at the time was simply – Oh no, someone really messed up. When I got back in the car, a radio announcer who had a direct view of the World Trade Center was excitedly describing the scene. Then he screamed and my blood curdled – he just kept screaming – There is another plane, another plane, oh my God, another plane just hit the second tower! I knew at that moment that this was not an accident. I worked at the hospital across the street from my son’s school so within minutes, I was in my office and everyone was trying to figure out what was going on. Well, you all know the rest of the story. It was the longest morning of my life – I cannot begin to comprehend what all of those who were directly impacted went through or have gone through since then. All I can do is say that my prayers and tears were for all of you.
How does a nation, a world heal from that kind of disaster? We remember. We remember what happened to our People and our Country that day. We remember the horror and then the grief. We remember those that died that day. We remember their families who have had to deal with the loss every day since 9/11/2001.
I was reading Michelle Malkin’s blog and she was talking about the 2996 project. I followed the link and joined the 2996 project immediately! The goal of the 2996 project is to find that many bloggers that will post a tribute on 9/11 for one or more of the victims. They have been doing this since 1996. This is a way to remember and to remember that they were people and not simply statistics. So, please visit the site and join the project – and Remember.
This page will remain always as well as there will be a post on 9/11.
- Laurence is on the right – his brother on the left
Laurence M. Polatsch
10/9/1968 – 9/11/2001
New York – Died in World Trade Center
Laurence Polatsch, affectionately known as L.P., was born on October 9, 1968 on Long Island, NY and was raised in Woodbury, NY. After graduating Syosset High School, he studied political science at the University of Michigan, earning his degree in 1990. After graduation, Laurence attended Syracuse Law School and began his career in medical malpractice defense in 1993. After a few years, Laurence was tired of “fighting with people” everyday and left the legal profession.
During his career transition, Laurence flirted with entering the media and entertainment industry. He loved to be on camera and truly enjoyed the excitement that surrounded celebrities and their lives. He was infamous for many of his antics, including asking Julia Roberts out for a date which ultimately landed him on Entertainment Tonight as the cover story; crashing the Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas black tie wedding at the plaza; and hopping in the ring with Sugar Ray Leonard after he won a fight in Atlantic City. His love of the limelight earned him one of his many nicknames, “Hollywood.” Laurence’s unique perspective on life allowed him to enjoy each and every day.
He joined Cantor Fitzgerald as a sales and trading trainee in 1998. L.P. finally found his calling – his personality, social skills and intelligence would lead to his success. After two short years, Laurence became a Partner at Cantor Fitzgerald in the equities division. L.P. could frequently be found entertaining clients at his favorite restaurants, Angelo & Maxie’s and Daniel and then be the first person in the office the next morning. L.P. was one of a kind.
Laurence was tragically lost in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He is survived by his mother, Linda; father, Bernard (“Buddy”); his brother, Danny; and sister-in-law, Betsy; and countless friends.