Carrie Bergonia looks over the name of her fiancé, firefighter Joseph Ogren, at the Sept.
Carrie Bergonia looks over the name of her fiancé, firefighter Joseph Ogren, at the Sept. 11 memorial on the 12th anniversary of the attacks.
Every time Sept. 11 comes around, it's easy to get sucked into sadness again. You can't help but watch harrowing videos and revisit images you'll never fully be able get out of your head. And while grieving together as a nation is important, it's equally as important to focus on the good that has come out of that day. That's why we've put together touching stories of love (and loss) among the tragedy that remind us, above all, to not take anything for granted. Read on, and don't forget to tell that special person how much they mean to you.
Beverly Eckert was on the phone with her husband, Sean Rooney — who worked on the 105th floor of the second tower — when the plane hit. He told her he loved her over and over, and all she could do was clutch the phone to her heart as she heard the tower collapse. After he died, she carried her love for him everywhere, building homes with Habitat For Humanity in his name and even establishing a scholarship at his high school in his honor. In 2009, she was on her way to present the scholarship when she, too, died in a plane crash. Their family members described their love as one for the books. How ironic then that in an interview after he passed away, Beverly said, "We just wanted a happily ever after like Camelot, and I think we did pretty well."
Imagine this: thinking your spouse was dead and then finding out she was miraculously still alive. That's exactly what happened on Sept. 11 to Dan Potter, who was a firefighter in New York City on that tragic day. His wife, Jean, was in the north tower just minutes before it collapsed and escaped by walking down 81 flights of stairs. Dan was sure she had died until he got a phone call saying Jean was safe at a fire house. She'll never forget the reunion. "I said, 'Where were you?' and his response was, 'You don't want to know.' And we hugged." The couple has since moved to Pennsylvania, calling their new home "Grateful Hearts."
Read on for more touching love stories.