Jennifer Kane may have died in the Sept. 11 attacks almost 10 years ago, but in many ways, she lives on.
Memorial engravings and plaques stand as reminders of her at schools, parks and other locations from New York to Texas.
The company that Jennifer worked for in the North Tower, Marsh & McLennan, has a memorial page set up for her and the 294 other employees the professional services firm lost that day.
The Jennifer Kane Scholarship and Charitable Trust has raised about $1 million for a slew of charities, including Homes for Our Troops, the Fallen Heroes Fund, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition, more than $250,000 in scholarships has been given to Villanova University, where she graduated with an accounting degree in 1997.
And now, Jennifer lives on in Powder Springs.
In the lobby of the city’s new police station, an American flag is mounted on the wall. "Jennifer Lynn Kane" is among the nearly 3,000 victims of Sept. 11 inscribed on the flag.
It was donated by her aunt and uncle, Grace and Michael Janney, who didn’t have room to display the large item in their Powder Springs home. They got it from Grace’s sister and Jennifer’s mother, Faye Kane.
“It means a lot,” Michael said. “I think it’ll memorialize the 9/11 attack and certainly our niece.”
During Monday’s ribbon cutting for the station, a separate dedication ceremony was held for the flag. Grace handed out bookmarks containing Jennifer’s accomplishments, a link to her trust's website, and the words: “We will always remember…”
“I met Mayor (Pat) Vaughn and I told her that I have this flag,” Grace said. “I didn’t have any place to display it, and she was just thrilled because she said there was a big wall in this building that it could go on.”
Before 100-plus people gathered around the flag, Vaughn said: “We thought the Janneys were so sweet and so dear to share that gift with us that we wanted that to be in our brand new police department in remembrance not only of Jennifer, but all the people that died—the police officers, the firemen, the public safety workers.”
The couple brought their grandson to the dedication. They were watching him so their daughter could go to Massachusetts for the annual golf tournament that raises money for the Jennifer Kane memorial trust. Monday’s tournament was the last for the annual event because the family has spread out.
Jennifer was a 26-year-old Certified Public Accountant working on the 103rd floor of the North Tower when, at 8:46 a.m., a plane traveling hundreds of miles an hour slammed into the side of the building.
“(Jennifer) was probably right at the impact the way the plane came in because we’ve never found any of her remains,” Grace said.
On a newsletter from the Janneys called News from Down Home, the couple writes, “Jennifer grew up full of love. She loved her family. She loved her friends. And they loved her."
The newsletter tells the story of Tony, a relatively new employee to Marsh & McLennan at the time of the attacks who Jennifer had “taken under her wing.” Tony had called in sick the day of the attacks.
“Tony told the family that Jennifer was the big sister that he never had, the mentor of all new employees, and the person who wasn’t afraid to speak up for them with upper management,” it reads.
Even after she had repeatedly seen the view of Manhattan below, Jennifer was still fascinated by the view from up high.
“Six months into her new job at the WTC, Jen was still awestruck by the beauty of the city that spread out beneath her on the 100th floor,” the newsletter says.
Jennifer, who grew up in Plymouth, MA, was the oldest of George and Faye Kane’s three children. She had two younger brothers, Matt and Tim.
“We weren’t able to get together very often, but when we did, it was like no time had passed between us—it was like we’d just seen each other,” Matt says in the newsletter.
The letter later continues: “Combine love, inner beauty, gentleness and character with a fun-loving nature and big smiles and big hugs, and you have a person that everyone wants to be around—someone who just lights up everyone’s life.”
Mike Woods, the senior pastor at the First Baptist Church of Powder Springs, concluded Monday’s flag dedication with a prayer. “Thank you for her life. Thank you for all of those who died with her that day. We will never forget.”
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