Remembering 9/11 in Havering ten years later
Many Havering residents were affected by the events of September 11 2001.
Ex-Campion School pupil Michael Cunningham, 39, died in the attacks.
Mr Cunningham had moved to the USA and worked as a broker on the south tower of the World Trade Center.
He was married and his wife Teresa had given birth to his son only three weeks earlier.
A recent post on his page on a September 11 memorial website said: “Michael you would be so proud of your wife for coping and giving your son a secure family life over the last 10 years.
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“As we approach the 10 year anniversary your English friends will always remember you, with your wicked sense of humour and fantastic smile. Always in our thoughts God bless.”
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Neil Ewers, then 27, who had moved to New Jersey from Hornchurch, worked in the World Finance Centre – next door to the Twin Towers.
Mr Ewers arrived 30 minutes later than usual for work on September 11, 2001 and was forced to run from a huge fireball caused by the first plane hitting the World Trade Center.
He told the Recorder later that week: “It was like a dream, something you see in an action film.
“I can’t begin to think of how many people weren’t as lucky as me.”
A plaque was unveiled outside Havering Town Hall by Romford-based insurance company Aon in 2001. The company has branches in New York and its headquarters are in Chicago.
In September 2006 – the five-year anniversary – the American flag was flown alongside the St George’s and Union Jack flag (which was at half-mast) at Havering Town Hall.