The story of Waverly's daughter, Karen Kincaid, who perished on 9/11, has touched everyone who's heard it. A daughter, a sister, a wife and a distinguished lawyer, she died in the attacks on 9/11, along with the other nearly 3,000 souls who perished that day.
In 2011, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, her husband, Peter Batacan told me the story of her engagement ring. Miraculously, it had survived the 9/11 inferno and had been recovered from the debris at the Pentagon. That story touched me very deeply and I wrote it for the Waverly paper about it.
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, as I was working on a commemorative piece about Karen, I came upon, coincidentally, as luck would have it, the story of Michael Hruza, a graduate of the same high school, who had his own connection to 9/11. He and wife Fran had married on the first anniversary of 9/11, at the Pentagon chapel, as a way to reclaim the day, he told me. At the time, he did not know that another graduate of his high schoo had perished on 9/11, at the Pentagon site.
But he had found that at the 51st reunion that happened in town that very weekend, which happened to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the attacks.
Having two stories connected to 9/11 in a small midwestern town the size of Waverly was rather unusual, I thought.
But to find the second one on the 20th anniversary weekend of the first one-- and to have chanced upon it so serendipitously-- added even more consternation to my reporting luck, so I hurried to capture it.
And while working on this piece, I also found that Karen and Peter are now reunited in eternity.
May they rest in peace...
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