Each year, Fitzpatrick and his family spend part of Sept 11 at the memorial in Westchester, New York where they write messages to his father on balloons. When he was younger, Fitzpatrick said he wrote things like “I love you, Dad” or “I miss you, Dad,” but as he’s grown up, his messages have gotten longer and longer.
Last year, his first year away at college and his first Sept. 11 away from his family, Fitzpatrick was able to find people who would take care of him on that day. He and a group of friends gathered outside with balloons to write messages to Thomas. Fitzpatrick needed two to write everything he wanted to say.