Monday, September 12, 2011

Mosaic Monday ... Australians Remember!


A commemorative service was held in our nation's capital, Canberra, yesterday evening.  Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, joined the United States Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, at a twilight ceremony to remember the September 11 attacks and to honour the victims of that terrible day.

The Australians who perished

Ten Australians are known to have died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US.

They are :

- Alberto Dominguez, 66, from Lidcombe. A Qantas baggage handler on holidays who was on board
  American Airlines Flight 11 which crashed into the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York.

- Yvonne Kennedy, 62, from Sydney, who was on American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the
   Pentagon in Washington.

- Craig Neil Gibson, 37, from Randwick in Sydney, who was working on 94th floor of the WTC north
   tower in the offices of insurers Marsh and McLennan.

- Steve Tompsett, 39, from Merrylands, NSW, who was in the WTC north tower.

- Elisa Ferraina, 27, from Sydney. She was born in Australia, but had just taken out UK citizenship.  
   She was on the 106th floor of the WTC north tower.

- Lesley Anne Thomas, 41, from NSW, was in the WTC north tower.

- Leanne Whiteside, 31, a lawyer from Melbourne who was in the WTC south tower.

- Peter Gyulavary, 44, was born in Geelong, Victoria but had moved to the US 20 years ago. He was
   working on the 91st floor of the WTC south tower.


- Andrew Knox, 29, from Adelaide was working with a building construction company on the 103rd
   floor of the WTC north tower.

- Kevin Dennis, 43, was originally from the Gold Coast, but had become a US-based stock broker with
   Cantor Fitzgerald and was working on the 101st floor of WTC north tower.

Our Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard with the US Ambassador to Australia Jeffery Bleich during a remembrance day service for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks held in Canberra on September 11, 2011. 
(This photos is taken from The Telegraph Newspaper and credit given to AFP PHOTO / Mark GRAHAM  Source: AFP)

Here's another figure ... 29.

That's the number of Australian soliders (we call them 'Diggers') killed in the war in Afghanistan, which is of course inextricably linked to that fateful day in September.  We will remember them  ...

...  and we will not forget all the Diggers who are in harm's way right now over there in Afghanistan.
My city here in north Queensland is a garrison city and is home to a major Australian Army base, Lavarack Barracks.  My school has many defence families and there are quite a few of our students with one or both parents overseas in Afghanistan.  We deeply respect the sacrifices made by these brave men and women.

I'm joining Mosaic Monday  with this post today.  Do click on the link and have a look at all the fantastic mosaic posts.


  1. A beautiful touching tribute Bernie. Your students are truly blessed to have a teacher with such a kind hart.

  2. Bernie, a lovely tribute to 9/11 and its victims. I know it will be a day in hostory I will never forget. Your photos are wonderful, thanks for sharing.

  3. So touching! /sometimes as we go our separate ways, day to day, we forget the impact this day had on so many lives. Beautiful pictures. Cathy

  4. There were many Canadians in those buildings on that day too. It was a terrifying day for the free world to see what hate can do. I will certainly never forget. V

  5. Thank you for remembering our fallen as well as those from Australia. We forget there were more than just Americans in those planes and buildings that fateful day. God bless those now in harms way.

  6. 911 effected so many countries. What a wonderful tribute to all of our heroes.

  7. Beautiful tribute, Bernie. Thank you.

  8. A lovely mosaic and a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing it! I learned quite a bit that I hadn't known too.

  9. That was a wonderfully touching tribute and informative as well. It was and will always have an impact on all of us no matter where we live. And how time has flown.


  10. Thank you for the tribute and for remembering...


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