Her Name Is Alicia

She was in her early twenties, and had the most beautiful smile. I only knew her a short time. What I do remember is her happiness. She always seemed happy and so full of life.

Alicia worked for me as a server in my restaurant. Like a lot of twenty-somethings she seemed young and innocent, she was naive in the way young people are naive. I never once heard her utter one word that could be termed negative. Alicia was well like by all of her coworkers.

Her uncle and aunt lived locally and both worked in the airlines. Alicia said she was planning on working there too. She had her whole life in front of her and planned to join the airlines, see the world.

Sure enough, Alica got an offer of employment, as an airline stewardess, and off she went. I never saw her again.

Then 9/11 happened, the worst terrorist attack on American soil occurred.

2753 civilians were killed in the attack on New York. I was watching the scene unfold on television after the first plane hit. No one knew for sure what had happened. Smoke was billowing from the first tower that was hit, then, I saw another plane fly into the World Trade Center. I thought I was watching a replay. It was all surreal.

Months after the attack on 9/11, Alicia's aunt and uncle stopped by the restaurant to see my business partner and I.

They asked, "did you hear about Alicia?". My business partner said "no".
Alicia was on United Flight 175. The flight flew into the World Trade Center. My business partner was shocked. He was in total disbelief. He called me and told me the bad news. I was in disbelief as well.  We looked it up, sure enough, her name was there.  Only then did we realize what we were told was true.

Today, 12-13-12, my business partner sent me a text, it was a photograph of the memorial to the 9/11 victims. There, engraved in stone was her name,
"Alicia Nicole Titus". All these memories flooded back to me.  A feeling of sadness came over me.

This week, while attending a memorial service for a friend. The chaplain said, "although they have died, because they are remembered and in your heart, they will live on". And today, with a heavy heart, I want to remember that beautiful, innocent sweet girl, Alicia Nicole Titus. She lived, she was here, she made an impact on many people.  Ill remember her pretty smile, her happy go lucky attitude.  Alicia's death reminds me of how precious life is.  We do not know from day to day what may happen to us or our loved ones.  Our lives can be extinguished in an instant.  I will always remember that young sweet person, Alicia.

Sometimes God allows us to cry tears, so we can see things more clearly.

Amantcul Amantcul
56-60, M
4 Responses Dec 13, 2012

I read that and cried!! I didn't personally know anyone that was killed.

My dad is the Chaplin for the West Metro Fire Departments along the front range in Colorado. Yesterday we attended the Fireman's March in memory of all the fallen firefighters of 9/11.
It was held at Red Rocks Amphitheater. It was so amazing. It was the largest march in the country. Many of the men marched in full gear with oxygen masks, tanks on their backs, some carrying large saws and others hoses and axes. They claimed the stairs 9 times up and down to represent what the fallen had done in the towers.

My family and I were blessed to be a part of this event. My heart and prayers go out to all of you who lost someone that terrible day.
God bless

Amazing story... I lost my best friend to 9/11.

Good for you

This is absolutely heart breaking. I looked her up by the way, she was a beautiful girl. You could tell she was very sweet as well. I'm extremely sorry for your loss.

thank you......