Friday, September 11, 2009

Project 2,996. Remembering Alex Braginsky

I first heard about Project 2996 via twitter. I signed up immediately. Unbelievably it will be 8 years since 9/11 this year. I, like many others I am sure, remember it as though it was yesterday. What I was wearing, where I was standing.

The goal of Project 2996 is simple, to remember and focus on those that were mercilessly taken from their lives on that day. A blogger signed up and was assigned a victim to learn about, remember and share.

I received Mr. Alex Braginsky, he was only 38 years old when he was taken from his family. Alex's mother, Nelly, has set up a website to remember him. It's got some great stories and images of Alex with his family.

Alex was born in the USSR and then immigrated with his family to Queens, NY in the late 1970's. He was successful in school as well as his personal life, having many friends.

He graduated high school and college with Honors. He was dedicated to public service and quickly developed a passion for cooking.

Alex's mother funded a park in Haifa and started a local scholarship in his name.

Alex also has a street named for him in New York.

To Alex, and your mother Nelly, I am praying for you both this day as well as for everyone else that was/is affected by this horrible tragedy and will continue to do so into the future. May you find some peace this day.

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