Voices of September 11th

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Joan Lunden

Joan's Blog / / October 15, 2013


This evening I will have the honor of hosting a very special event - The VOICES of September 11th, Always Remember Gala.  I met the founders of this organization, Mary and Frank Fetchet back in 2008, when I interviewed them for a show I had on Direct TV called “Hometown Heroes” where we profiled and honored ordinary people from all over America who did extraordinary things to help others.

September 11th was a personally devastating event for Mary and Frank since their 24 year-old son Brad died that day, on the 89th floor of Tower 2.  However in the aftermath of that tragedy, Mary became determined to find a way to help the families of the victims keep the memories of their loved ones alive.

I am captivated by how she persevered and created the “9/11 Living Memorial”.   When I went to Mary’s house to interview her we really bonded, in part because I too had lost a loved one in my life. I lost my dad when I was only 13 years old, he crashed in our family plane and died, so I never got a chance to know him as an adult. Growing up I was always in the process of trying to create my own “living memorial” of him.  I had just gotten back from CA where I was filming my own personal interviews with doctors and nurses who had worked alongside my dad, who was a cancer specialist. I was pulling together photos and old newspaper stories and these filmed interviews to add to my memory.  So as chance would have it, I was creating my tiny version of what Mary was creating on a much larger scale.  We became fast friends and it is my pleasure to help this organization whenever I can. To me, she really is one of my heroes.  

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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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