Wellesley resident Angelique Tung considers herself blessed that she escaped floor 77 of the World Trade Center’s South Tower in New York City 10 years ago this coming Sept. 11. Tung was living in San Francisco at the time and was visiting New York on business; she learned she was pregnant with her first child 2 weeks after the attacks.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about friends I knew who perished. I wonder about parents who lost children, wives who lost husbands, children who lost parents and the countless partners and friends whose brilliant lives were extinguished,” Tung writes. “I wonder why I was so lucky to have escaped the 77th floor of the South Tower that day.”
She will mark this Sept. 11 by riding the final 25 miles of a cycling event called Beyond the Bike that raises money for Afghan women who have lost their husbands through war and violence. Cyclists will start a 255-mile trek from Ground Zero on Sept. 9 and finish in Boston on Sept. 11. You can join or donate to Tung’s team here. Beyond the Bike is the main fundraiser for Beyond the 11th, an outfit formed by Needham’s Susan Retik and Wellesley’s Patti Quigley after their husbands were killed in the 9/11 attacks.
The town of Wellesley will acknowledge the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a memorial ceremony on Sept. 11 at 9:45am at the Wellesley Fire Department HQ on Rte 9/457 Worcester St.