On September 11th, 2001 Our world changed forever.
We must all find the wisdom, comfort and strength to move forward.
But we must always remember those who were lost, who died living their lives with the freedom we so cherish.
We are participating in the Project 2996. Again we will pay tribute to those that lost their lives on that fateful day, and remind people of the lives lost. We must never forget and keep a vigilance that nothing like this happens again.
Stephen R. Strauss’ life was taken at the age of 51 while he was working in the World Trade Center that fateful day 9-11.
A bench on the boardwalk in Long Beach, N.Y., now has Steven Strauss’s name on it.
It is only steps away from the building where Mr. Strauss’s daughter, Melanie, lives, and a Frisbee toss from the spot on the beach where she announced her engagement at a family picnic over the Labor Day weekend. Mr. Strauss brought Champagne to celebrate.
The bench faces the endless ocean that Mr. Strauss never tired of, no matter how many vacations he spent listening to the surf. “He could sit on the beach for 100 days straight and still want more,” said Robert Chaikin, a close friend who often vacationed with Mr. Strauss and his family. “He loved to fish. He loved to boat. He loved anything that had to do with the water.”
Mr. Strauss, 51, worked at the Morgan Stanley Dean Witter offices in the World Trade Center as an electrical foreman for the Petrocelli Electric Company. “This is a business where people don’t usually get close,” said Mr. Chaikin, also an electrician. “But when this happened, everybody in the electric business called Steve’s house and offered to help out.”
Mr. Strauss had planned to move someday from Fresh Meadows, N.Y., to somewhere nearer the water, perhaps even Long Beach, where the bench with his name on it also bears a plaque: “In the celebration of your life, let the ocean embrace you.”
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 29, 2001.
The families are in our prayers on this day especially.