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My Uncle Phil

The thing about history and the past is that we get so caught up in events and generalizations that we forget that people, just like us, lived their own individual lives. My Uncle Phil died on September 11, 2001. He is a hero, for sure, but he was also an incredible human being who was a father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, firefighter, and friend. It’s important to remember the ultimate sacrifice he made for others with his life, but it’s even more important for me to remember the life he led with a full heart. My mom’s side of the family is very close. While my immediate family moved a few times, everyone else remained in New York and we made time to see them fairly often. I am so grateful for that. A lot of the time we stayed with my grandparents when we would visit. That’s where I have some of my favorite memories with my Uncle Phil. He would come over in the morning and bring us authentic New York bagels (delicious!) …