Juliana Valentine McCourt
Juliana Valentine McCourt was a 4-year-old en route to Disneyland
As the names of the victims scrolled across our television screen on the surreal night of September 11, 2001, one name leapt off the screen and has been embedded since in my mind and heart. “Juliana Valentine McCourt, age 4,, UA Flight 175″. I had my own little Julianna, 6 months old at the time.
Juliana McCourt was traveling with her mom, Ruth McCourt. Mrs. McCourt’s own brother, Ronnie Clifford, was working at the WTC but escaped just as the plane carrying his sister and niece struck the.
Juliana McCourt was born on May 4, 1997. She attended dance school, which still honors her to this day. She had no siblings. Juliana adored her fluffy white terrier, Phoebe. She was described as smart, sensitive, beautiful, nurturing like her mom. She never had a first day of Kindergarten. She never made it to Disneyland. The only consolation is that she was comforted by her loving mother during those last awful moments.
This is an excerpt of a tribute to Juliana I read on a 9/11 website:
“What I remember most about that terrible day is you …
my wife and I watched the TV coverage in a dumbstruck stupor. But when CNN scrolled the names and ages of the passengers on the two planes that terrorists turned into bombs, we saw JULIANA VALENTINE McCOURT and both broke down and cried and cried and cried … that day we made a promise to the universe that, if we were ever blessed with a daughter, we would name her after you. In July 2004, our JULIANA VALENTINE T. was born …”
Scott T. 2009-03-31
I’d bet that it was not just Scott T. and myself who were forever touched by Juliana Valentine McCourt, a little girl we never met, yet an angel we mourn and will not forget.