September 11 Anniversary: Remembering Newton Victims

Newton will mark the September 11 anniversary with two ceremonies today.

Where were you eleven years ago today?

Although more than a decade has passed since September 11, 2001, the moments and memories surrounding that day remain crystal clear for many. 

Those memories, as well as the memories of the September 11 victims, will be shared throughout Newton today as the city holds two ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the attacks. 

, where local officals will offer remarks starting at 9:30 a.m. 

Later today, the Newton 9-11 Memorial Committee and Mayor Setti Warren , which honors eight victims with Newton ties who were killed in the attacks:

  •  - United Airlines Flight 175 - A 32-year-old hockey scout from Newton who was on his way to Los Angeles to check on some players with the LA Kings. Bavis, who was a hockey star at Boston University, has a memorial box in his name at the school's Agganis Arena. Unlike thousands of other families, Bavis' family decided not to go with the initial Sept. 11 victims settlement and instead, . The family eventually settled, . 
  •  - American Airlines Flight 11 - Farley-Hackel, a Newton resident, was a member of the Salvation Army Board of Directors in Boston and was working on trying to launch a radio talk show about spirituality called 'Spiritually Speaking,' husband . In 2007, a playground in Dorchester was named in Paige's honor. On Sept. 11, 2001, 46-year-old Paige was on her way to the west coast to meet a friend, Ruth McCourt and her friend's 4-year-old daughter, Juliana, in Disneyland. On that tragic day, Paige was on AA Flight 11 and her friend and friend's daughter was on United Airlines Flight 175.
  • Nicholas Humber - American Airlines Flight 11 - Humber, 60, was an executive at Enron Wind Corp., according to his obituary, and was one of the first to join the EPA when it was founded in 1971. He was also an adviser to the World Bank and was a founder of Energia Global as well as past president of BioMed of Boston. He left his son Jordan, also of Newton. 
  • Aaron Jacobs - World Trade Center - Jacobs, 27, was an avid traveler whose parents, Alice and Laurence, lived in Waban. Just before he died, he was planning a honeymoon -- possibly to Africa, his obituary says. Jacobs was vice president and partner on the international trading desk at Cantor Fitzgerald. He also taught job skills to welfare recipients. 
  • Stuart Meltzer - World Trade Center - Like Aaron Jacobs, Meltzer was also an employee at Cantor Fitzgerald. Before moving to New York, Meltzer lived in Newton and attended the Rivers School in Weston. According to his obituary, Meltzer, 32, managed to make one last call on his cell phone to his wife after the planes hit the World Trade Center. He was a husband, brother and father of two sons. 
  • Richard Ross - American Airlines Flight 11 - Ross, a Newton resident, was a was the founder and chief executive officer of the Ross Group, an executive consulting firm in Newton. According to his obituary, Ross, 58, made time to coach his son's baseball and basketball teams and started a foundation, the Brain Tumor Society, after his daughter developed a brain tumor at a young age. 
  •  - American Airlines Flight 11 - Rahma, 28, had lived with her parents in Newton for many years and moved to Boston to live with her husband, Michael Theodoridis, 32, just a short time before her tragic death. A graduate of Wellesley College, Rahma was also a rhythmic gymnast -- . On that Tuesday morning in 2001, newlyweds Rahma and Michael were on their way to a friend's wedding in Los Angeles. Rahma was seven-months pregnant the day she boarded the plane.
  •  - World Trade Center - Toyen, a Newton resident and Avon, Conn. native, worked for a Boston financial branch of Thomson Reuters and was visiting a trade show at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. . A sculpture of Toyen can be found in her hometown outside the Avon Public Library.  

The Newton September 11 Memorial groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at in Newton Centre, the site of the future memorial. 

The memorial, which , features design elements representing the World Trade Center, Pentagon and flight path of United Airlines Flight 93. and approved by the committee in July 2011. 

The memorial will also . The World Trade Center steel will make up roughly 1 cubic foot section of column, or other shape, to be mounted on a raised bench corner, according to drawings from Sangiolo. 

Although there is no set completion date, the committee is hoping the memorial will be constructed before the first snowfall. Once the memorial is completed, a more formal dedication ceremony will be held.

Both of today's memorial events are open to the public.

Editor's note: Although they are not included in the Newton 9-11 Memorial list of names, Newton North Principal Jennifer Price lost her mother and stepfather, Don and Jean Peterson, on United Flight 93

Tell us: How has your life changed since the September 11 terrorist attacks? What do you remember about that day? Share your thoughts and memories in the comments section below. 

Jack September 11, 2012 at 01:13 PM
RIP Paige Farley Hackel. You were as good as they come and still are where you are now. And to Allan, you were a great husband to Paige and she a great wife to you. My thoughts are with you especially today.
David Snieckus September 11, 2012 at 01:25 PM
As sad as it is for the victims of 9/11 and for the victims of the wars that followed. I do not believe two planes brought down three buildings on 9.11,2001. The destruction I saw there in the media:, newspapers, magazines, TV and the internet, could only be caused by a planned demolition. Who, what and why are for each one of us to contemplate. david snieckus Newton, MA 02466
Jay Donigian September 11, 2012 at 03:36 PM
David: take 24 hours off from your conspiracy theories and respect those who were lost on that tragic day.


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