Empty Seat at the Christmas Table

Empty Seat at the Christmas Table

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2010 /Christian Newswire/ — With the upcoming holidays, as we hurriedly decorate our homes and finish last minute shopping in preparation for our arriving family, 3,000 families will have an empty seat at the holiday table because of the 9/11 murders. Not a day goes by when those 3000 families do not mourn the loss of their loved ones. As we all come together with our loved ones for traditional festivities, we must remember these families, specifically three families who lost their brother, sons, daughter, granddaughter.

Michael Burke is the brother of slain firefighter, Captain Billy Burke, who was a NYC hero firefighter for more than 20 years. Michael will tell about his best friend and brother Billy. Billy safely made it out on 9/11. He was one of the lucky ones. He could have returned home to his family. He could have, but he chose to go back in and save civilians who were trapped. Billy did not make it out a second time. Billy was one of the 3,000 people murdered on 9/11.

Al and Maureen Santora are the parents of Christopher Santora the youngest firefighter slain on 9/11. They were still attempting to cope with this horrible loss when they were informed that the remains that they had received as their beloved son were indeed misidentified and were those of another victim. Is there no end to the suffering for these parents?

Eunice and Lee Hanson lost their son Peter Hanson, daughter-in-law the lovely Sue Hanson and two-year old granddaughter, the precious Christine Hanson. Christine is the youngest person murdered in the 9/11 attacks. All three of the Hansons were on United Airlines flight 175. How much suffering can one family endure? Lee Hanson spoke with his son Peter just moments before Flight 175 crashed. Lee still treasures those final brave words from his wonderful son. Lee will tell you how his son actually took the time to reassure his dad that he knew the end would be quick.

These are just three of the poignant stories of Christian Action Network’s new film, Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Stories of the Ground Zero Mosque. On September 11, 2001 the world changed forever for those who survived the attacks and for the 3,000 families of the murder victims. Sacrificed Survivors tells their story. You’ll weep with the families as they recount their last horrifying minutes on the phone with loved ones. You’ll hear of acts of heroism and escape. As one family member states: “The pain will never go away.”

Sacrificed Survivors uncovers secret undercover footage of the radical leader of the mosque, Imam Rauf, leading services inside the mosque building.

Your audience, readers, and listeners need to hear their stories and be reminded of the blessings that they have as they sit down to a full table this Christmas. If any of us wonders about the true meaning of Christmas or the true Gift of Christmas hearing the inspirational stories of these amazing people will leave no doubt in one’s mind. Your audience will leave knowing that Family is all that matters.

To schedule an interview with:

Michael Burke, Al and Maureen Santora, or Eunice and Lee Hanson, or Sacrificed Survivors- The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mega-Mosque, Producer Martin Mawyer and to request a copy of the DVD, please call: 718-288-7997 or email: Dalymj@msn.com

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