Almost 12 years have passed since 19 Islamic terrorists collectively brought a modern day of infamy for the United States. Many people might quote the title from a Darryl Worley hit from 2003 in response, “Have You Forgotten?”
Various groups across the Grand Strand will answer a resounding “No” to that question, by having remembrances and benefits on Wednesday, in memory of the losses this nation endured on, and rebounded from, Sept. 11, 2001.
Those gatherings include the FDNY-Carolinas Retirees Association, former New York City Fire Department employees who have relocated to North and South Carolina. This group, with about 120 members, has multiple memorials on Wednesday, starting with a church Mass in North Myrtle Beach, then a motorcade in Brunswick County for a service at Brunswick Community College and a ceremony in North Myrtle Beach’s Horseshoe.
Bob Gustavson, the association president, who lives in Carolina Shores, N.C., and Theresa Regan of Murrells Inlet, whose husband, Don, died in service on Sept. 11 in New York and had worked with Gustavson earlier in Brooklyn, each reflected on what that day, and the reactions and commemorations since then, mean to them.
Gustavson said this day of area activities by FDNY retirees has become an annual tradition, with constant support from fellow retired firefighters and the community.
A widow remembers
Theresa Regan was married 27 years to Don Regan, a firefighter in New York’s Bronx borough and the father of their three sons – including a firefighter in Charleston and another in New York – and one daughter.