memorializes Sept. 11 victims
Green KY Daily News
May 30, 2002
By Alyssa Harvey, email@example.com -- 270-783-3257
It all started with a smile at a time when it was difficult for Americans
to believe that anyone would ever be happy again.
Shortly after Sept. 11, New York couple Alexander Sandy
and Susan Palmer Marshall each noticed a particular poster among many
on a lamppost near their home, which is a little over a mile from
The poster featured
a picture of a smiling, blonde-haired, green-eyed young woman, wearing
a bridal veil. Her name was Kristy Anne Ryan, an employee of Sandler
ONeil and Partners on the 104th floor of the second tower of
the World Trade Center, and she was one of thousands missing after
the terrorist attacks.
She had been
a bride for just 94 days.
us both by the heart, Sandy said.
a whole new life of beginnings, she said.
It was the catalyst
that sparked an idea in Sandy, an Emmy Award-winning writer, and Susan,
a former New Christy Minstrel who is billed as the Queen of
Celtic Pop, to record Remember, the husband-wife
teams fifth collaboration.
will donate all the profits from the album, which is being released
today and will be sold this weekend during the Glasgow Highland Games
at Barren River State Resort Park, to Sept. 11-related charities.
Susan will sing some of the songs, many of which the Marshalls wrote,
during the games.
very impacted by (the attacks). We breathed the smoke and it stung
our eyes. But the terrorists didnt just attack America; they
attacked civilization. People from 83 countries were killed. We lost
five friends that we know about, Sandy said. We didnt
want to be perceived as ghouls making money off someone elses
pain, so we agreed to give 100 percent to charities.
The fact that
the album is being released today is significant, Sandy said.
last week that (today) is the end of the recovery effort at the World
Trade Center, he said. We hope in some small way this
album will help people. It has been a moving experience for us.
The first song
the Marshalls wrote was Kristy Anne, for the bride who
died in the attacks. He and Susan made it their mission to find out
everything they could about her.
Internet sites dedicated to information about victims of the attacks.
They found that Kristy Anne had co-founded a charity called Secret
Smiles when she was 28 years old. The organization would do anonymous
good deeds for families in need.
remarkable young woman! We thought we had to do something to further
(victims) existence on the planet, Sandy said. Everybody
should go to those sites and pick somebody. It will enrich their lives
and it will defeat the dirtbags who perpetrated this horrible thing
on America. They cheated us out of a chance to get to know these people.
you wishing you could have known this person, she said.
at a list of victims, the were drawn to another name: Capt. Patrick
Paddy Brown of Ladder Company No. 3 in Greenwich Village,
just south of the Marshalls home. He was one of 11 firefighters
from that company to lose his live fighting the blaze at the World
is similar to my friends Hugh Patrick Rusty
Brown. Paddy was apparently legendary in the fire department,
Sandy said. He and Paddy Brown had a lot in common. Both Paddy
and Rusty had served our nation with honor in Vietnam.
For firemen all
over the world, the Marshalls wrote The Ballad of Paddy Brown.
friend Rusty sang backup for Susan.
are special people, Sandy said. They are rushing into
a building when other people are rushing out.
was recorded in New York and Los Angeles with the help of several
musicians who are billed as Friends on the album, including
John McEuen, a five-time Grammy nominee and former leader of The Nitty
Gritty Dirt Band; Jon Gordon, former musical director and lead guitarist
for Madonna and Suzanne Vega; Fiddlin Phil Salazar of the String
Wizards; Whistling Gypsy Bob Pegritz; members of the New York Chamber
Symphony; and a 60-voice childrens choir from Lancaster, Calif.
donated their time, Susan said. Nobody took a penny.
contributing to the cause was just one of the little acts of kindness
the Marshalls experienced as they put together Remember.
Sandy recalls an incident with tin whistler Bob Pegritz, who needed
a whistle that played in the key of B, a rare find, for the song Kristy
a friend of his in Germany who makes whistles and told him about the
project, he said. His friend couldnt sleep that
night, so he got up and made Bob a B whistle and sent
it in the morning post. He wouldnt take a penny for it.
Perhaps the song
from Remember that best defines how the Marshalls feel
since the attacks is United We Stand.
our response to the twisted zealots that thought they could have their
way with America and twist us apart, he said. They just
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