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Archive for 11 September 2011
9/11/01 – Martin Morales Zempoaltecatl
I had never heard this name. There are others that you recognized after hearing them on the news time and time again. People like Todd Beemer, Barbara Olsen, Chick Burlingame. But has anyone ever heard the name Martin Morales Zempoaltecatl? Truth be told, I can’t even pronounce it. I decided to start my search for this young man on Google. It made sense. I typed in the long name, and came up with over 700 hits, the majority were sites listing the names of those who parished on 11 September 2001. They’re long lists. But nothing told me about the person Martin had been. He was 22 years old. Too young to die. He worked as an assistant chef in the Windows of the World. This is all the information I could find. I wanted to know more. Was he married? Did he have children who will never see their daddy again? Where did he come from, what place did he call home, and will never be able to return? I know he lived in Queens. But where in Queens? What were his dreams that will never be fulfilled? I received this picture from the 2996 group, but hadn’t really had a chance to actually look at this young man. The first thing I noticed, as I usually do, are his eyes. He has kind eyes. Was he a kind person? He must have been, he supported his parents. Then I saw a sweet, cheerful smile, and I knew he was a good person. For some reason, I see him liking children, nieces, nephews, the neighborhood kids.
Doing a little more digging, I found out Martin was born in Santa Catarina, Tlaxcala, Mexico. He supported his parents, Crescencio Morales, 60, and Mauricia Zempoaltecatl, also 60. Martin was the youngest of their children, and this tragedy hit them quite hard. They have since returned to Mexico. One thing I did discover, as of that article, the family had not received any of the thousands of dollars that had been given so generously by the American people. I hope that has now been resolved. I’d like to find out if the family is now able to care for their other children and grandchildren. This young man evidently wasn’t counted among the slaughtered innocents originally.
This year, I did some more checking, and a little more information about this young man was available. It turns out Martin was not just an employee at the Windows on the World. He was an assistant chef. I’d like to believe he was a really good chef. His niece, Cynthia, sure seemed to believe so:
Martin Morales, my uncle only being 22 years old. He was working in the World Trade center. He was a great chef and a loving uncle. Being the youngest uncle, we were very close to him. Even though we didn’t find his body, his smile will always be in our hearts. We miss him very much!
I pray Martin’s family has found peace, and will tell the new members of their family about this young man. I pray he will never be forgotten. I know he’ll be residing in my heart.
Some have forgotten. Some want to forget. I remember. I want to always remember. I never want to forget. I want to remember those planes, the sight of people jumping to their deaths rather than burn, the feeling of the horror. As Sultan Knish states in his post:
September 11 is not the day we cry, it is the day we get angry. It is the day we remember who our killers were, how many have been lost, and how little has been done to bring down the ideology responsible as completely as they brought the towers down. It is the day we remember not to forget. It is the day we remember that the war has just begun and that until it ends, there can be no comfort or solace. The fight goes on.
Until those in power realize we ARE at war, have been at war long before the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the field in Shanksville, PA. There was an almost two hundred year cease fire, but that ended in 1979, and we have been at war ever since.
I don’t want to lose my anger at those who perpetrated this evil. They are in invading every aspect of public life right here in the U.S.A., the country they have vowed to destroy, and we just sit back and twiddle our thumbs, listening to politicians, and so called ‘church leaders’ tell us it was “just a few who subverted a religion. It’s not the whole religion!” It’s not even a religion, unless you consider worshiping evil as a religion. It’s a cult, a political cult, and it must not be allowed an even bigger foothold into our nation.
No, I don’t have to be tolerant of evil. And that’s what it is….pure evil. I’d suggest that those who sincerely believe that those who committed this heinous act, “hijacked” a peaceful religion, do a bit more studying. Read their so called holy books, their laws, look at the nations who practice this ‘religion’ and tell me they are peaceful and tolerant. I will call you a liar. Granted there are millions who say they don’t subscribe to the whole convert or die order. There are many millions of others who will freely admit that is their intent. They are also commanded to LIE to the ‘infidels’. That would be you and me. The non-muslim. Thanks, but I already have a God, and a Savior. I won’t be bowing my knee to Satan.
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.