2011-08-26 / Community

Breezy Point Resident’s Story Makes 9/11 Book

By Daniel Solomon


The cover of “The Legacy Letters.” The cover of “The Legacy Letters.” The run-up to the tenth anniversary of 9/11 has inspired countless commemorations of that horrible day. So many people lost their lives then, in New York, and especially in the Rockaway community. Now, a new book about those who died is out and is made up of remembrances that take the form of letters written to the dead by their living relatives.

The compilation, known as “The Legacy Letters,” was put together by Tuesday’s Children, an organization dedicated to keeping the memory of 9/11 alive, and published by Perigree Books of the Penguin Group.

What sets this book apart from most 9/11-themed stories is that it contains some local color, a fact that was brought to the attention of The Wave when Marian Lizzi, head of Perigree Books and a Breezy Point resident, sent the volume to our office with a note attached. She pointed out that a fellow Pointer, Emma Scandole, has a letter published in it and so we took a look.

Scandole was four years old when her father was killed, leaving behind her and her sister, Katie, to be raised by their mother, Sheila. Now, she’s fourteen and though she never knew her dad, her letter is testament to the love he bore her, the experiences they had together, and the time she wishes she could have had with him.

Scandole details all the things she did with her dad and all the things that remind her of him, like summering in Breezy, playing in Little League, and watching Mets games. Her words bring a tear to the eye and one can’t help read them without choking up. Her letter is full of the raw emotion and pain that comes from losing someone close at such a young age. It also, however, conveys a sense of determination to forge ahead while not forgetting the past and that is what makes it so moving.

The book, priced at $22 and widely available for purchase, is well worth the money. That’s not only because Scandole’s letter and the accounts of other 9/11 family members are compelling reads, but also because all the royalties will be going to Tuesday’s Children.

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