Category Archives: Families in the News

Parents of 9/11 hero donate flat screen to Valor Home in Lorain for veterans

David and Peggy Beamer photo: Michael Sangiacomo 

By Michael Sangiacomo The Plain Dealer LORAIN, Ohio — The parents of 9/11 hero Todd Beamer called their son a “citizen soldier, the first in the domestic war against terrorism” during a ceremony Wednesday where they donated a large screen television to be used by homeless veterans. The flat screen will be in the Valor […]

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American Flag Flown over WTC Rubble Stolen from Yard of Fallen Firefighter’s Family

WNBC 4 An American flag that was flown over the World Trade Center ruins during the 9/11 cleanup and was later given to the sister of a fallen firefighter was stolen from her front yard on Long Island. Melissa Brengel said the flag was still in the front yard when she returned to her Huntington […]

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“My If/Then Moment”: LaChanze Recounts the Divine Intervention Leading Her to the 9/11 Memorial

LaChanze, courtesy Playbill

By LaChanze as told to Michael Gioia Playbill In 2001 LaChanze lost husband Calvin J. Gooding in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Twelve years later, the Tony Award winner for The Color Purple — newly single following a split from second husband Derek Fordjour — began a new Broadway journey in If/Then, a musical […]

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