Remembering Andrew Garcia
For the past 10 years, the Portola Valley community, and surrounding areas, have gathered at Triangle Park, at the corner of Portola and Alpine roads in Portola Valley, for a 5K walk/run/bike on Labor Day to remember the horrific events of Sept. 11, but more specifically to remember Andrew (Sonny) Garcia, a hero who gave his life in the first war against terrorism on United Flight 93.
Andy and I moved to Portola Valley in 1976 with our three small children. Andy was well-known in the community as a volunteer and coach. He was also known for the big smile he wore as he was seen running the trails and stopping to talk with neighbors.
Andy did have an infectious smile and was known for being a prankster, but he was much more than that. He was a son, a brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. And no matter which "hat" he was wearing, his approach was one of dedication, loyalty, honesty and kindness.
Andy had a deep faith in God and was a born-again Christian. His life reflected his faith. Andy would have celebrated his 73rd birthday on Aug. 28.
The Andy Garcia Memorial Run will not take place this year. It is our hope that each person reading this will always remember Andy's sacrifice for our country.
It is now well-documented that Flight 93 prevented the White House or Capitol from being hit. It is hard to imagine what our country would have looked like had that happened. Let us also remember all those who lost their lives on that day and remember the families left behind, many of whom are still healing.
And remember those brave men and women, many of whom have lost their lives, who continue the battle against terrorism. Remember, too, that our country was founded on faith in God and it is God who will heal our land.