Mother of 9/11 victim advocates for peace
At ground zero, in an immense underground space filled with sunlight, the voice of Alison Remy Crowther ’70 permeated the silence.
Facing President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and a room full of dignitaries, reporters and victims’ families, she spoke about her son, Welles, who died during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Alison Remy Crowther ’70 at the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on May 15, 2014. “Meeting the Obamas was like meeting caring parents. What came flowing out of them was sympathy as parents, sharing the horror of losing your own child. There was no artifice, only concern for their fellow Americans,” Crowther said. Photo by Pete Souza
Beside her was Ling Young, one of at least a dozen people Crowther’s son had led to safety during his final minutes of life.
“For us, Welles lives on, in the people he helped, and in the memory of what he chose to do that September. He believed we are connected as one human family and that we are here to look after and take care of one another—that that’s life’s most precious meaning,” said Crowther at the May 2014 event marking the opening of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
That others will follow his example “is the true legacy of September 11,” she said.
Since losing her son, Crowther has worked tirelessly to ensure Welles’s example endures, and fosters positive values in a world rife with conflict.
She has traveled across the country and world, speaking with countless youth and teaming up with educators and religious leaders to ensure his message carries on. Central to her efforts is the curriculum that she helped develop that teaches youth positive values based on the example of Welles’s life. So far, thousands of students have used the curriculum, called The Red Bandana Project, named for one of her son’s favorite items. [Read more...]