Alice Blunden, Australia

Editor’s Note: The essay below was written in 2001 and appears in the self-published book, Through Our Eyes: A Tapestry of Words and Images in Response to September 11. Printed and distributed in 2002, the book was the result of an independent, volunteer documentary project organized by a journalist and several friends. The author’s bio was written in 2002 and has not been updated.  

ALICE BLUNDEN (now deceased)
Adelaide, Australia

Simply put, Alice Blunden is the belle of the ball. This sparkling woman in her mid 80s lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has several children and grandchildren. Alice’s passions include dancing, music, theatre, movies, traveling, fashion, entertaining guests and spending time with her family and friends. Last year, she tragically lost her longtime boyfriend, Arthur, an avid boatman and piano player. Alice wrote her letter Oct. 3.

Dear Jennifer,

Your letter posted 19 September has just arrived. I am very pleased to get it, but not the news it contains. I couldn’t believe the day the President was shot. But what happened at the World Trade Centre…

I remember when I was at the viewing floor. I was with John’s mother-in-law, and she was telling a man next to us her son has a crash towing service.

The whole world was stunned and still can’t believe it, and wonders where it will all end. I don’t want thousands of lovely young men killed off again, especially like Vietnam. Things like that can happen here.

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