Hat Tip: BB
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Each year, we take time to remember Mark Shulman, who perished in the WTC terrorism attack on 9-11-2001. Mark, we will never forget you. You are in my thoughts every day. Here is the original tribute:
This is NoisyRoom.net’s tribute to Mark Shulman through the September 11, 2001 Victims web site.
Mark was a fire prevention and risk consultant, who worked for Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. He was 47 when the tragedy struck him down and he was from Old Bridge, NJ. Matt attended Pratt Institute.
Mark was a dedicated consultant at the top of his field. He was by all accounts unselfish to a fault, loved his family with all his heart, hard-working and fun to be around. He loved sports and helping others. He was survived by his wife, Lori, and daughters Melissa, 17, and Jamie, 12. “His family always came first,” his mother Evelyn said. “He did everything for his family. I lost a treasure.” A memorial service was held for Mr. Shulman at Temple Shaari Emeth in Manalapan, New Jersey.
The following is a tribute to Mark from Patrick Jenkins published in THE STAR-LEDGER:
No Average Joe
Mark Shulman was a “kind of quiet guy who loved sports,” said his wife, Lori, suggesting the personality profile of an average Joe. But there was more.
He was, undeniably, a sports fan, attending Giants and Rangers games as often as possible, or taking them in on television at home in Old Bridge, N.J. But overriding all was a dedication to his daughters, Jamie, 13, and Melissa, 17, in whom he instilled a zest for accomplishment.
Mr. Shulman was the coach of Jamie’s soccer team, the Old Bridge Road Runners, spending weekends traveling to games across central New Jersey. He had been looking forward to Jamie’s bat mitzvah, which was celebrated on Nov. 17, a day Mrs. Shulman recalls as “bittersweet.”
He was also working closely with Melissa, a high school senior, on college applications. His advice was “go for the best,” Mrs. Shulman said, adding that “he would have been so proud” when news came this month of Melissa’s early admission to Princeton.
A 47-year-old mechanical engineer, Mr. Shulman worked as a fire protection specialist for Marsh & McClennan on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center.
“He did evacuation plans for clients,” Mr. Shulman said. “If anybody knew how to get out, he would have been the one.”
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 24, 2001.
Mark Shulman, 47, loved by all he knew
By day, Mark Shulman was a disaster inspector, fire prevention and risk consultant for Marsh & McLennan in New York. His nights and weekends were spent with his family.
He organized a baseball team for the Knights of Pythias in Old Bridge. He coached the Roadrunners girls soccer team there.
For the past 12 years, he took his wife Lori and daughters Melissa, 17, and Jamie, 12, to Disney World in Florida.
“He loved his family; he loved Disney World,” said his mother, Evelyn Shulman of Toms River.
On Tuesday, he was memorialized at a service at Temple Shaari Emeth in Manalapan. Mr. Shulman, 47, has not been seen since the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists Sept. 11. He worked on the 100th floor of Tower One.
“He was in the building when it was hit,” his mother said.
Though Mr. Shulman loved his job, it wasn’t his first priority, Evelyn Shulman said.
“His family always came first,” said his mother. “He did everything for his family. I lost a treasure.”
Shulman said her son loved everybody, a trait that was noticed by others.
“There were 800 people at the memorial service, and they gave him a tribute I will never forget. Everybody loved him,” she said.
Mr. Shulman received an engineering degree from Pratt Institute in New York and worked uptown before being transferred to the World Trade Center 17 years ago.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Shulman and his wife moved to Old Bridge 17 years ago.
Besides his wife and daughters, Mr. Shulman is survived by his parents Ira and Evelyn Shulman of Toms River; a brother, Larry of Port Jefferson, N.Y.; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
There is not a lot more out there on Mark. All I can say is that Mark Shulman is truly missed and he was deeply loved. Our world is a much emptier place without him and I regret I never had the chance to meet him personally. But I can pray that justice will be done in his name and that Islamofascism will be soundly defeated and sent back to the dark ages where it belongs… Here’s to you Mark – someday we will meet and I will be proud to shake your hand.
UPDATE: Tribute Page for Mark Shulman
Please visit Project 2,996 today and read the tributes to the victims of 9-11 and remember…
From America’s Mighty Warriors and Debbie Lee:
Unless you were a small child, every American remembers where they were on 9-11 when we were attacked by terrorists. I lived on the West Coast and remember waking up and turning on my computer to read the headlines that a plane had flown into one of the towers. It made it sound as if it were a small plane. Having been a pilot of small aircraft I tried to figure out what happened? How could you miss seeing the massive skyscraper in NY. Was is a student pilot? Did someone have a stroke or heart attack.
I decided to turn on the news and find out more details. The TV anchors were frantically trying to get updates, the details changed moment by moment, but they were now reporting it was a commercial jet. As I watched the TV in disbelief, I had a sickness in my stomach, then live on National news I watched as the second plane flew into another of the twin tours. The gruesome reality of what was going on and the fear that we were under attack sent Americans into, a state of panic, anger and shock.
Tears flowed down my cheeks as I cried out to God to protect us and comfort those who would begin to receive final phone calls, and accepting that their loved ones were in those buildings and probably dead. Then we learned of two more planes controlled by terrorist determined to inflict more pain, destruction and death on America.
All three of my children were serving or their spouse was. I quickly tried to make calls to them to see if they were ok but to no avail. Phone lines were busy or down.
My oldest son Kristofer was serving in the Marines and in Okinawa, Marc was finishing his basic training in the Navy and was in Pensacola, my son-in-law had just completed OCS in the Army and was stationed at Fort Knox, and my brother was in Florida at Homestead AFB.
Four of my family members were proud to be defenders of our freedom and I could see the handwriting on the wall. I knew that the odds were that at least one of them would probably be involved in a military conflict.
No one could have foretold that each one of them would be deployed overseas numerous times or that Marc, now a Navy SEAL, would sacrifice his life defending the attacks from that horrific September day in 2001.
As a nation we would have never guessed that twelve years later we would still be at war, or that many of our brave warriors serving would be deployed over and over, some 7, 8, 9, 10 times, or that we would have lost over 5000 of our troops.
Freedom is not free and our troops swore an oath to defend us and our constitution against enemies foreign and domestic and they have paid dearly.
We watched this ruthless enemy attack our Embassy in Benghazi last year on 9-11, murdering our Ambassador and Sean Smith.
Navy SEALS Ty Woods and Glen Doherty without regard for their own lives responded to the crisis and went in to rescue Amb. Stevens and Sean Smith. Our government refused to send in help and after 7 hours fighting the enemy they were killed defending America and the freedoms we hold dear.
Congress is facing the decision of whether to authorize the President to attack Syria. Our troops are weary, we lack leadership that will give our troops rules of engagement or equipment to be successful in Afghanistan.
One year later and we are still faced with a cover up as to what happened in Benghazi and no one has been held accountable.
We have heard from top leadership, the President and cabinet members replusive comments. “What difference does it make?”, or “It’s just a bump in the road.” President Obama was willing to draw a red line for Syria but when the red line was drawn with Americans blood in Libya, he headed to a fundraiser, and continues to ignore or reveal the truth.
Those who have served in the military have a standard that they never leave a fallen brother behind. As Americans we have left our brothers behind. We owe it to each and every one of our warriors who gave their lives defending our freedoms and their families, we owe it to Ty, Glen, Sean and Amb Stevens, we owe it to those innocent Americans who were murdered on 9-11 and their families.
We must speak out on their behalf, they lost their voice with there final gasp of air.
I will be speaking today at noon at a Memorial Service on the Capitol steps in Tallahassee, Florida to remember the loss of lives. Then I will head to DC and the Halls of Congress to see that HR 1186, (2013-2014) the legislation that Duncan Hunter introduced to get the Congressional Gold Medal for Glen Doherty and Ty Woods, gets to the floor for a vote.
You can help by calling Congressman Eric Cantor 202-225-5431 and tell him that we owe it to Glen and Ty and their families. These were Marc’s “brothers”, they went above and beyond and we need to honor their sacrifice.
This bill has 42 co-sponsors and it is time to bring it to the floor for a vote. If your Congressman’s name isn’t on the bill, call them and ask them to sponsor it and to also call Eric Cantor’s office and tell him this needs a vote. This is the least we can do for the sacrifice they made!
Please fly your flags at half-staff on Sept 11, and purpose to remember the principles and constitution that this country was founded on. Remember the innocent lives that were taken from us by evil terrorist with no morals. Remember those who stood up to defend America and proved their love for you and America by sacrificing their lives. Don’ take anything for granted, evil men still wish to destroy America and the values and freedoms we hold dear.
Please pray for our nation that we would once again become one nation under God.
Tammy Bruce: Memories of September 11, 2001
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