I am a participant in a project to remember those we have lost on September 11th. The 2,996 Tribute Project. People volunteered to sign up and each person would be assigned someone to post a memorial about. I felt moved by this project because I was so effected by the events on September 11, 2001 while I watched the events unfold with my own eyes. I will never forget that day and I imagine that the family of Grace Alegre-Cua will never forget that day either.
I was randomly assigned a victim from the 9/11 attacks. Her name was Grace Alegre-Cua. She was a beautiful Filipino woman who immigrated to the United States in the early 1980's and was an accountant and vice president at Mitsui Bank located at World Trade Center, Tower 2, 83rd floor. She worked for Mitsui Bank for 15 years... but she almost worked for someone else 15 years earlier when she went on a fated interview at Metropolitan Bank. The job was already filled but the man who interviewed her, did it as a favor to the General Manager of the bank. His name was Ildefons (Eddie) Cua and he found love in the South tower that day in 1986 when he met Grace Alegre. It is a sweet story about fated love.. and tears spring to my eyes when I think of the loss that this family must feel.
Grace lived with her husband and two children, Nicole and Patrick, in Glen Rock, New Jersey. I was not able to find too much on the web about Grace and her family .. but I think that is a good thing. I think they deserve privacy. I think they deserve to hold their memories and their love close. Some things arent meant for sharing with a world who remains facinated by the attack on the World Trade Center.
From what I have found, Grace was a sweet wonderful woman who loved polar bears, golf and country music, and that is really all I need to know. This attack ended the life of a woman who was loved and who was kind and who, I am sure, is missed very much every day. There is nothing I can do or say that could possibly take away the pain of this loss.. and I will never say it gets easier as time goes on because I know it does not. People need to heal in their own time and in their own way.
What I CAN say to the friends and family of Grace .. is that Grace is not forgotten. Your family is not forgotten. Your grief is not forgotten. May you find strength in your love for Grace and may you find peace in your hearts.