Calvin...

... I recently saw an online tribute page for the victims of the attack on 9/11.... The goal of the site was to have thousands of bloggers write a tribute to each person who fell victim to terrorism on that day....

... I signed up.... I could not NOT sign up..... it seemed the very least I could do.... sure, care packages to troops in the field is one thing... but taking the time out of our simple lives to recognize a fellow American is something different...

... he wasn't a combatant.... or a serviceman busily doing his duty.... He was just a guy like you or I who was going to work in the morning..... and he was murdered...

... Calvin Dawson was an American... a black man... a Father.... a Husband... and a fervent Jehovah's Witness.... and he was a man whose life was cut short on September 11th, 2001 when the World Trade Center towers accordioned....

.. I never met Calvin... and I have to admit, were I to have him knocking on my door on a Saturday morning or afternoon, I would have turned him away.... religion really isn't my bag.....

.... but as I read his tributes and what his friends, family, and colleagues thought of him, I could not help but be impressed..... it takes a special kind of grit, enthusiasm, and faith to be the man that he was.... continually cheerful and a loving Father and Husband.... and while I do not share his religious beliefs, I do very much hold his convictions high.... Faith is something I admire greatly... but he was taken too early... and his family, friends, and children continue to mourn.....

.... So today I offer my sincere condolences to those that knew Calvin... my deepest sympathy to his family who feel his loss greater than anyone... and my unwavering and eternal anger to the cowardly fiends who took Calvin and so many others away from the loving bosoms of those they cared about...

... you are remembered, Mr. Dawson... I will never forget you...

by Eric on September 11, 2006 | Bullshit (12) | TrackBack (0) | Blogging
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Beautiful job Eric.

Bullshitted by Evie on September 11, 2006 09:18 AM

Excellent tribute, Eric.

Bullshitted by erica on September 11, 2006 09:57 AM

Well done. It was much more difficult to do a tribute than I thought it would be.

Bullshitted by Richard on September 11, 2006 11:27 AM

This was a tough task that made my heart heavy. May Mr. Dawson's family know they are in our prayers.

Bullshitted by Bou on September 11, 2006 11:41 AM

Beautiful tribute.
It is tough writing about somebody you have never met.
You said "I could not NOT sign up"
The same with me, I was compelled by myself to write about Robert Chin.

Well done man.

Bullshitted by KeesKennis on September 11, 2006 12:12 PM

I was the same way when I heard about the project a few months ago. How could I NOT be involved? It just wasn't possible to pass up the opportunity. Like you, I probably would have shut the door if Calvin came to spread the word- I'm a Christian, but I am not a JW. I love the way you focused more on who he was as opposed to his religious beliefs which you don't really share. Wonderful job, Eric.
My memorial post to Davin is on my site.

Bullshitted by AFSister on September 11, 2006 01:54 PM

Beautifully done, Eric.

Bullshitted by Richmond on September 11, 2006 04:23 PM

VERY touching tribute!

Bullshitted by Jean on September 11, 2006 05:53 PM

very nicely done.

Bullshitted by justrose on September 11, 2006 06:47 PM

As always, a quality post. Thank you.

Bullshitted by Elisson on September 11, 2006 08:35 PM

I'm glad you were a part of this project, Eric. You wrote a great tribute and I'm sure Calvin's family would be glad to know he was thought of and remembered.

Bullshitted by Lisa W. on September 11, 2006 09:25 PM

Very nice tribute- I like the way you focused on on what Calvin did rather than his Religious beliefs that is one of our problems today.
Thank you for taking part in this project as well.

Bullshitted by Vickie on September 12, 2006 08:41 AM