9/11 At Twenty Two: Never Forget

As I have done every year since the 5th anniversary of September 11th, I remember two wonderful individuals, Brook Jackman and Andrew Golkin, who I’ll never have a possible chance to meet and converse with, due to 19 murderous Islamist terrorists and their superiors, who attacked our country on that fateful day.

This is Brooke Alexandra Jackman. She was born August 28, 1978. She was murdered by Islamic extremists September 11, 2001, while working at Cantor Fitzgerald, where she worked as an assistant trader. She was just 23.

After reading so many touching stories and tributes about Brooke, I feel I almost know her. Her smile is infective. It seems so natural, rather then forced, as so many picture smiles are.

But, why listen to me. Listen to her father, Robert Jackman:

Brooke, the Brookster, the baby, so beautiful, so bright, so wonderful. She always made notes of her daily projects; she hated to forget anything. She had to be perfect-to do everything to perfection. She was the best and she always tried to see the best in everyone, always respected the other person’s right to be different. Brooke loved books reading all the time. I would bring her to work when she was a little girl and she would read her books all day in the office until she fell asleep on the couch. Brooke was the baby, the youngest of three, like me. I would tell her that’s what made her so strong, so independent, so focused because she always had to stick up for herself with her older brother and sister.

It seems that everyone who knew Brooke felt the same way. Apparently, she was a huge reader, with her nose always in a book, stopping by Borders everyday on her way to work. A kindred soul, since I typically have several books I am reading at one time. Makes me feel a little closer to this wonderful women I never knew, and now, will never meet.

Brooke was a giver, volunteering her time to work at soup kitchen’s, a school or the disabled, and a thrift shop that benefited cancer patients. She even won an award in 1996 from the Nassau County Executive for “scholarship and service.”

She worked on the 104th floor of Tower 1.

You can access the Brooke Jackman Foundation here.

God Bless you, Brooke, and may He always keep you in His arms.

This is Andrew Golkin. He was a Vice President at Cantor Fitzgerald. Born, 1970. On 9/11, 2001, Islamic extremists killed him. He was 30.

Born and raised in The City, he overcame disabilities to succeed in life, to be a world traveler, and a well respected member of Cantor Fitzgerald as VP of Interest Rates Derivatives.

A graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he is survived by his parents, Gerald and Janet, and sister Susan, as well as many aunts and uncles.

He worked on the 105th floor of the North Tower on that Day.

His mother, Janet, said “He had a wonderful, sweet disposition. Friends used to say he was the glue that held relationships together.” He was a “vegetarian who liked to box, and preferred a punch in the face over a bite of steak.”

For Andrew Golkin’s family, it wasn’t so much a question of whether to have a service, but what to call it. At 30, he was too young for them to call it “a celebration” of his life, said his sister, Susan, 34, of Manhattan. They called it simply a service in his memory. Five of his friends spoke. The rabbi who conducted his bar mitzvah officiated at the service. “There comes a time when having hope is more detrimental than coming to terms with what happened,” she said.

For her family, it was vital. “So you can know how to live the rest of your life.”

His friends and family have set up the Andrew Golkin Memorial Scholorship Fund, designed to fund and promote educational scholorship for deserving kids in NYC.


Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us
and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.


Where was I? On this 21st year, so many are remembering where they were and what they were doing, so as to Never Forget. The day started out like any other day, getting ready for work. I was in the shower when the radio station I was listening to said a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I hurried through, shaved quickly, and got out. And was watching the live helicopter coverage when the 2nd plane crashed. And then the mayhem that occurred at the Pentagon, people not sure what was going on, just that there was smoke or something there, till we found out the reality. People evacuating. The Towers collapsing. The horror and pain on the faces of people in New York City. We stayed tune to a little 5 inch TV I had, which I brought to work.

Where were you? Do you remember why it’s important to never forget?

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20 Responses to “9/11 At Twenty Two: Never Forget”

  1. Stefan v. says:

    How did hunted cave dwellers shut down the air defence system? Where is the proof that any of the ever changing suspects ever was on a plane? Who made the impossible phone calls from the planes? Why did Tower Seven fall at all, and why for so long at freefall? Why was the steel evidence so quickly destroyed? Questions questions…….

    • Professor Hale says:

      Please don’t bring your ridiculous ideas into what is obviously a memorial post about human loss. I also lost friends that day.

  2. MrLiberty says:

    22 years and still believing the government lies? I appreciate the memorial aspect of the post, but how does it honor the victims to lie about the REAL perpetrators, or their continued actions today against the US and freedom?

    • Professor Hale says:

      I have a long history here demonstrating strong skepticism on nearly every topic. Every point Stefan made is on it’s face ridiculous. It would be ridiculous even if there were no official government story to believe in. For example, in 2001, there was no “air defense system” to be shut down. No US city had air defense radars, anti-air missiles, or interceptor fighters on 5 minute alert since the 70’s. The Early warning radars in Canada track nuclear missiles from the USSR, not passenger jets from LaGuardia. Today, only DC has an air defense system and that was installed AFTER 9-11. I will not bother to refute the rest as I have no interest in dragging this post down any further.

      • Matthew says:

        Have we been told the whole truth? Absolutely not. Did some intel folk know something was up? Of course, lots of them. Did anyone in .gov or the Saudis know exactly what was going to happen? Very probably, but it was no “inside job”. Has ANY of the controlled demolition or “steel doesn’t melt with burning jet fuel” or any sort of missile crap ever held water? Nope.

        It was terrorism, using planes.

  3. H says:

    The Saudis funded 9/11 and provided the manpower
    While sin in law Kushner was working at the White House the Saudis funded his start up with 2 billion dollars.
    Drug addict Hunter Biden? He almost had his Porsche repoed because he was months behind on payments.
    Trump’s friends, the Saudis, are going to cut production again to drive the price of oil up.AND, we will pay their price because the oil that is produced here is sold at the world market price. We get no price break, even when it comes out of federal land

  4. H says:

    But someone had to pay for 9/11 and it wasn’t going to Daudis Arabia.
    So we invaded and occupied Afghanistan, and Iraq. And were lied to by Bush who said the Iraqis are workable WMD that out us in danger.
    And who gets that sweet Iraqi oil?
    Heck of a job George

  5. Professor Hale says:

    Ah look. Stefan and Mrliberty have Hairy on their side. They must be proud to have such an intellectual giant agreeing with them.

  6. L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

    Is anyone other than me wondering why the far left radical junta/regime shipped poopy pants biden to the far corners of America during the commemoration of 9/11? See it would seem to me that the place for the president of the United states at an important time would be either Washington DC or New York to commemorate the attack on our people on 9/11. But since the days bring the school and his brainless followers the protest at the capitol is more important than 9/11.

    We are being led by a host of anti American communist atheist whores. When the democrat left chants “Our Democracy,” they mean the “Our” part quite literally. It is “OUR” the Democrats’, democracy, and those who aren’t on board are not Ours, but Theirs. Theirs must be excluded, demonized, and then destroyed so the “Ours” can have their way.

  7. CarolAnn says:

    The Saudis funded 9/11 and provided the manpower

    Then I assume that you want to declare war against the Saudis and wipe them out right?

    While sin in law Kushner was working at the White House the Saudis funded his start up with 2 billion dollars.

    his startup of what? Not that it matters since the entire Biden family has been funded by Russians Ukrainians North Koreans Chinese and other communist countries around the world select cherry pick something from Kushner is ridiculous.

    Drug addict Hunter Biden? He almost had his Porsche repoed because he was months behind on payments.

    that’s a lie, stop lying. The reason behind his problems with his car was his drug use! Like most druggies he couldn’t handle money or do anything conscious. You know like leaving his laptop around.

    Trump’s friends, the Saudis, are going to cut production again to drive the price of oil up.

    I’m sorry but last week I saw robinette biden shaking hands with the Saudis seems like their is friend now. You do realize biden’s been sucking Arab dick for 20 years? Trump had actual business dealings with the Arabs you know like he builds things. What did robinette build?

    AND, we will pay their price because the oil that is produced here is sold at the world market price. We get no price break, even when it comes out of federal land

    In one breath you say we pay their price and next you say we pay the world market price you wanna make up your mind? And if we don’t get a price break from federal land robinette being the president whose fault is it? robinette’ isn’t it?

    You need to hire a lawyer and sue the college you went to cause you should get your money back.

  8. James Lewis says:

    Not all of those who died on that terrible day,
    Lie peacefully in the ground.
    Some burned to a crisp and floated away,
    Their bodies never found.

    The first to die in that terrible sky,
    Were luckier than the last.
    For their terror was short and they had no time to think,
    About the lost tomorrows and the past.

    No war was declared, no charges made,
    By those who did this terrible deed.
    A terrorist’s desire, a terror raid,
    By those who claim a most peaceful creed.

    Little Eichmann’s some have said, they were there in the tower.
    And it is right they burn and cower.
    Their sins are they exist in peaceful bliss.
    Just living, just humans at work, unknowing.

    Yet “God is great!” came the cry from the clear sky,
    And the dying sent their loved ones a last kiss.
    We’ve caught a few, a few are put away
    And when they complain, we rush to explain.

    They have rights, they have rights, they have rights.
    And we dare not expect them to obey.
    One has been spared not punished for the lost lives
    And lives this Day, of lost Mothers and lost wives.

    When he paces his cell, let him walk for the lost.
    When he is bored, let him walk for the dead.
    He should know that this is so, he will never be let go,
    And he will never be able to pay the full cost.

    First published on Sat 5/13/2006 in Talk Left.. thread
    Moussaoui Arrives at Supermax in Florence, Colorado at 12:59PM on 5/1/06

  9. Smitty says:

    I surfed the networks at 7:00 a.m. CDT and there was no mention of 9-11 until 13 minutes into the hour. Just the usual air-head stuff- weather, tennis, football, earthquake, morning anchor marrying her girlfriend. I had to check my watch to see if it was 9-11. Then I switched to the cable channels- they covered it. Pretty sad.

  10. drowningpuppies says:

    Never forget. Never forgive.


  11. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Think of the 19 families that lost their children when the far-right Patriot movement bombed the Murrah Building in 1995. Never forget, never forgive.

    • L'Roy White says:

      The far right patriot movement did not bomb no more building in 1995. Nichols and McVeigh did on their own. I personally think they were white supremacists, I know that they were registered Democrats.

      Bringing them up in relation to 911 is an unconscionable attempt to move the blame away from enemy terrorists end on to domestic nut cases. that would be like me saying Democrats murdered thousands of black slaves, never forget never forgive what the Democrats did.

  12. James Lewis says:

    Dear Elwood:

    And no one made excuses for the killers.

    But you obviously want to forgive the Muslim terrorists.\

    That makes you a plain old fashion POS.

  13. drowningpuppies says:

    Never forget. Never forgive.

    This isn’t difficult. You don’t crack jokes while mourning the loss of nearly 3,000 Americans in the nation’s deadliest terrorist attack. One’s tone is everything in a situation like that, and instead, Biden thinks he’s up there to do a comedy routine.


    Bwaha! Lolgf https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

  14. drowningpuppies says:

    What is the matter with this guy? https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

    “Ground Zero in New York — I remember standing there the next day and looking at the building. I felt like I was looking through the gates of hell,” Biden said.

    This is a brazen lie.

    Joe Biden was in Washington DC for a Senate session on September 12, 2001.

    Then-Senator Joe Biden didn’t visit Ground Zero until over a week after the attacks.

    Bwaha! Lolgf https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

    • Professor Hale says:

      Joe has never been able to tell the truth. Most Democrats can’t, but Joe doesn’t actually know what the truth is. He will tell stories he makes up on the fly and has a long history of just making stuff up for speeches. As a democrat, he gets a free pass from the press. They will never fact check him or call him out for lying.

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