Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Life Remembered - Jeremy Glick

Since 2006 Dale C. Roe has organized an effort called Project 2996 in order to remember the lives of those lost on a beautiful September morning in 2001. Thank you for stopping by and remembering Jeremy with me. And after you have read my tribute I invite and encourage you to visit other blogs and read their tributes to those lives stolen from us. A list of participants and a link to their blogs and webpages can be found here.

The sun set, but set not his hope:
Stars rose; his faith was earlier up:
Fixed on the enormous galaxy,
Deeper and older seemed his eye;
And matched his sufferance sublime
The taciturnity of time.
He spoke, and words more soft than rain
Brought the Age of Gold again:
His action won such reverence sweet
As hid all measure of the feat.
-- Character by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jeremy  was one of 6 children, he being the middle and shares his birthday with my baby brother, September 3. All were athletic--- he being the most competitive--- fiercely competitive. He attended Saddle River Day School where he was the captain of the soccer and wrestling teams. He played lacrosse and rugby. He loved to ski. He and his future wife Lyzbeth would be Prom King and Queen. From the time Jeremy was 7 years old until he left for college he took Judo lessons from Sensei Nagayasu Ogaswara. It was at the University of Rochester, where he was the president of his fraternity and where he would take the 1993 National Collegiate Judo Championship in San Francisco--- but without a team, without a coach. It was at this competition that he and his old sensei would reconnect.  Sensei was coach to the West Point team when he spotted Jeremy. He watched in delight and utter fascination as Jeremy, a black belt, took and defeated each opponent one by one.  

Jeremy had taken a position with Vividence, an internet service provider of products about the behavior, thoughts and attitudes of web customers.  As he progressed in his career, and would interview potential employees, he would ask, "Do you love to win or do  you hate to lose?"   There was only one answer as far as Jeremy was concerned--- hating to lose... 

Jeremy and Lyzbeth married in 1996 and had a daughter in June 2001. He and Lyz had known each other for 18 years--- He spotted Lyz in Biology class--- still remembered her dress and the perfume she wore. He would tell his closest friends he would marry her someday. Jeremy loved music and poetry and philosophy--- his favorite poet was Ralph Waldo Emerson. So, this man, 6' 2" and 220 lbs. in stature was also a quiet and reflective man. He had a Yin/Yan tattoo on his shoulder--- always looking for balance in his life. Like Mark Bingham, Jeremy always looked out for the underdog--- wanting to make sure that his actions were balanced and made sense.  In a discussion about Eastern philosophies with a longtime friend, he disagreed with the belief that the dead know only one thing, that it is better to be alive. Jeremy thought some things were worse than death. There are things you can do to  yourself, regretful things, and you end up less than zero. Or in Sophie's Choice, where the mother had to choose between her son and daughter at Auschwitz.  Jeremy said, Wouldn't you rather die than make a choice like that?  

The light of his life was his daughter Emmy. She was born prematurely and Jeremy was the doting father. He would stay up with the baby all night so that Lyz could get some rest.

On that fateful day, he consulted his wife in a call that was nearly 30 minutes on what he should do. Jeremy and Lyz were able to express their love for one another. Lyz said nothing was left unsaid.... He wanted to get back home to his family, to his wife, to his 4 month old daughter, Emmy.  He made a decision--- an unthinkable decision. He and the other heroes of Flight 93 decided to take back the plane.  

We said 'I love you' 1000 times over and over again and it just brought so  much peace to us. Jeremy said, 'I love Emmy', who is our daughter and to take care of her. Jeremy then said, 'Whatever decisions you make in your life, I need you to be happy and I will respect any decisions that you make.'  I love you.... I love you....

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of leave the world a better know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jeremy Glick
1970 - 2001

2012: I remember Louis J. Nacke II
2011: I remember Jeremy Glick.
2011: I remember Mark Bingham.
2010: I remember Don and Jean Peterson.
2009: I remember Hilda Marcin.
2008: I remember Toshiya Kuge.
2007: I remember Tom Burnett.
2007: I remember Deora Bodley.
2006: I remember Marion Britton.

United Flight 93 & the Passengers & Crew Who Fought Back: Among the Heroes by Jere Longman

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