I am proud to be able to pay tribute to one of those lost in a senseless attack we now refer to as 9/11. On the same hand, I wish I wasn't typing these words and that this tragedy had never happened. But, it did. And although I didn't personally know any one that was there that day, I cry for those that did and those that were there. It still seems unreal that this happened.
Here are a couple excerpts about Daniel:
'The Heart in the 3-Piece Suit'
Daniel W. McNeal wore a three-piece suit in high school. He followed the stock market, loved Ronald Reagan and considered politics as a profession.His mother advised against it. So Daniel went to business school at Georgetown University and one year ago became an analyst for the firm of Sandler O'Neill on the 104th floor of 2 World Trade Center.His plan was to make a name for himself on Wall Street, then write books and become a professor at Georgetown, his sister, Kathleen, said.In the meantime, his annual Christmas present to his family in Towson, Md., was a trip to New York City and a night on the town. "He was so proud of New York and the people he had met and the places he had been," she said.Daniel liked helping people. Once, on a golf course, he threw himself between a hurtling ball and a woman who was about to be hit, Kathleen said. The woman emerged unscathed; the gentlemanly Daniel ended up bleeding from the head and apologizing profusely to the golfers, whose ball he had intercepted, for having interrupted their game.
-- Anon (Friend) 23 Oct 2001
Daniel McNeal Daniel McNeal, the son of Towson residents, was killed at the World Trade Center. His body was found and identified late Thursday.Mr. McNeal, 29, worked on the 104th floor of Two World Trade Center. He was a financial analyst for Sandler O'Neill, an investment banking firm, and lived in New Jersey.He was a graduate of Loyola Blakefield High School, where he was class president in 1990. He earned a degree in finance from Boston College and gained a master's in business degree from Georgetown University.He is survived by his parents and a sister.
-- Gerard Shields
Please take a minute and view this beautiful slide show:
http://www.seancohen.com/projects/dan/dan_images/slideshow.htm and also a moment of silence for Daniel McNeal. If you believe in prayer, say a short prayer. If not, just take a moment to be totally silent in remembrance of a life taken before it's time. We remember you today, Daniel McNeal...and may we NEVER forget!
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh! thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation,
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto—"In God is our trust."
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."