New Orthodox Family in mist of tradgey NY
- I thought to share this with all as a spot of blessed hope ...a new
Orthodox family...I have known this family, as the mother teaches at the
high school where my sons attended here is Dalton GA, and the bride went to
school with them. We are praying for all...our tears are many. May God
give us strength and wisdom in the times to come. Theodora in the
> > WEDDING IS A 'GO' IN FACE OF WTC TRAGEDY
> > By BRIDGET HARRISON
> > September 14, 2001 -- Three of their wedding guests are missing in
> > the World Trade Center rubble, but a Manhattan couple still plans to
> > marry this weekend - to show that love and hope goes on.
> > "At first we thought we can't go through with this," said bride-to-be
> > Elizabeth Nysewander of Manhattan. "Then friends and family all called
> > and told us, 'don't you dare not have this now.'"
> > Nysewander and her fiancs, Anthony Rakis, plan to be married tomorrow
> > at the Greek Orthodox Holy Trinity Church on East 74th Street. A
> > reception will follow at Tavern on the Green.
> > But the service will have some poignant moments.
> > Nine friends who'll be there lost loved ones in Tuesday's terror
> > attack.
> > Another guest escaped from the 27th floor of the south tower minutes
> > before the second plane hit.
> > "They told me right from the beginning they want to come to the
> > wedding," Nysewander said. "They said they want to celebrate life - and
> > show that even tragedy has not dimmed our spirits."
> > Meanwhile, family and friends have been battling chaotic conditions at
> > airports all over the country to get to New York in time for the
> > wedding.
> > One usher has gone to Denver airport at dawn every morning this week,
> > trying to get a flight to New York.
> > Another, Darius Rucker - Hootie from the band Hootie and the Blowfish
> > - is driving his tour bus up from Charleston, S.C., because he can't
> > get a flight.
> > "They are all making incredible plans to get to the city," said Rakis,
> > who's hoping half the 200 guests will make it in time.
> > "They're all calling and saying whatever it takes, we'll be there," he
> > said.
> > Nysewander, originally from Dalton, Ga., has been planning the wedding
> > since November and every detail had been carefully scheduled - until
> > Tuesday.
> > There were to be special hair and nail appointments, dress and tuxedo
> > fittings for seven bridesmaids and 10 ushers. They had scheduled a
> > bachelor and bachelorette party and a rehearsal dinner.
> > But her plans have been in disarray since the terror attack.
> > Rakis had four relatives flying in from Greece on Tuesday. They were
> > diverted to Nova Scotia.
> > The wedding director was on a flight to New York the same day, but was
> > diverted to Cleveland.
> > "We still don't know where she is," said Elizabeth's mother, Beth.
> > A friend who was expected to style their hair was supposed to fly in
> > from Atlanta but is still trying to get a flight. The photographer,
> > from Dalton, is scheduled to fly in today, but isn't sure his flight
> > won't be canceled.
> > Meanwhile a boxload of wedding programs mailed to New York hasn't
> > arrived.
> > But despite the chaos, the couple's families are determined to keep
> > their spirits up.
> > On the afternoon of the blast, Nysewander was confirmed in the Holy
> > Trinity Church in preparation for the wedding.
> > "We had to walk 40 blocks to get there," her mother said. "We were
> > still uncertain about the wedding. Then the priest [Father Robert
> > Stephanoplis] said, 'Come on, we are going to do this.' So we put our
> > heads up and decided we couldn't let any terrorists break up our
> > happiness."
> > The couple plan to send the remains of their wedding cake, made to
> > serve 300 people, and any extra food to the rescue workers downtown.
> > "This tragedy is always going to be there in the back of our minds,"
> > Rakis said. "But we want this to be a happy occasion for all our family
> > and friends.
> > "The best way to get over hate is to give out as much love as you can.
> > No stupid terrorist is going to take this from us."
> > from the New york Post
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