Rick was supposed to be on vacation but for various reasons chose to work that day. After having led many of his fellow employees to safety, he returned to the building to rescue others still inside. He was last seen heading up the stairs of the tenth floor of the collapsing World Trade Centre 2. Many people said that during the evacuation he was singing songs to keep up their spirits. One being an adaptation of the song Men of Harlech:
Men of Cornwall stop your dreaming
Can't you see their spearpoints gleaming
See their warriors' pennants streaming
To this battlefield.
Men of Cornwall stand ye steady
It cannot be ever said yefor the battle were not ready
Stand and never yield!
I can remember quite clearly where I was when I heard this devastating news. I was sat on the steps in front of the town’s War Memorial, situated outside St. La parish church. I had been inside the church looking at a display of quilts beautifully made by some local ladies. I was waiting for hubby to telephone me to arrange picking me up. The sun was shining and St. Ives was busy due to many holiday makers still being here. I remember that on hearing the news from my husband everything seemed surreal. The sun was still shining, people chatting and laughing as they walked around St. Ives, yet across those many miles the sun was no longer shining.......
I would like to show you some of the quilts I saw that day. I hope the ladies who made them won’t mind too much me showing them here, thank you.........
The photographs below do not do the interior of St La church justice.....
How poignant that so many candles should be lit on this day
In remembrance of all the people who lost their lives that day and all their loved ones......
"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."
~ Thomas Campbell ~