Thursday, September 14, 2006

First Officer Thomas McGuinness

  • First Officer Thomas McGuinness
  • was the co-pilot of American Airlines flight 11, which struck the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11. He was married and had two teenage children, lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and was a member of the Bethany Church in Greenland, NH. I didn't know him and I never met him. This sketch is simply a reaction to that empty, helpless feeling I think a lot of people have regarding 9/11. Drawing Mr. McGuinness' portrait allowed me to quietly reflect upon the events of that day in a very personal manner. He and all the victims will always be remembered.

    In a memorial to Thomas McGuinness, Mark Truman from England wrote:
    "You now have the wings of an angel, fly free and be happy, we will never forget you and your fellow Americans. God bless you all".

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