COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Like countless people across the nation, many Maryland families were touched by tragedy on 9/11.
Pat Warren spoke with a Columbia man whose fiancee and lifelong friend died in one of the 9/11 plane crashes, as well as a chaplain who tried to comfort those in the Pentagon that day.
Sept. 11 comes again to haunt and to honor. John Wesley and his fiancee got an early start that morning.
“She told me where the bills were. They had to be put in the mail by Wednesday; I told her that she would be back that Saturday about 1 o’clock,” said John Wesley.
And Sarah Clark boarded a flight at Dulles.
“This photo is actually taken at the boarding gate at Dulles and the lady who took this photograph…actually called to ask me if I knew her flight number,” Wesley said.
Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. Into that chaos, Chaplain William Sean Lee was sent to minister.
“How could this happen?” he said.
How could her pocketbook survive when she didn’t?
“This contains her tickets,” he said.
Return tickets, her driver’s license, her credit cards—the everyday contents of a wallet.
Lee has cards written by children and the ache of finding a little girl’s foot, which he later wrote about.
“A daughter, about 8, was Zoe. She loved to dance. This whole family was killed on that plane,” he said.
John Wesley finds healing in his music.
“It just tells me to hold tight to my faith and it tells me that the God of my faith holds tight to me,” Lee said.
Lee writes that even in his helplessness to save, he is not hopeless.