The Duchess of York's Little Red doll is displayed today at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in NYC
On Monday, the Duchess of York recalled how she was scheduled to be at the World Trade Center on that day 22 years ago on social media. On Sept. 11, 2001, 2,977 people were killed in terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in the plane crash in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, which hijackers intended for Washington, D.C. 9/11 became the deadliest terror attack on American soil in the history of the United States.
The Duchess of York, who is popularly known as Fergie, began by posting a photo of a Little Red doll amid the debris after the tragedy.
“My charity Chances for Children was located on the World Trade Centre N Tower. I was meant to be there that morning 22 years ago but an interview ran late,” she wrote. “The Little Red doll, the charity’s mascot, was found in the rubble. Today I am thinking of those who lost their lives.”
According to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, EMT Brian Van Flandern found the doll amid the rubble on Sept. 12, 2001, and “searched in vain for a survivor or victim nearby.” He later learned it was the mascot of Chances for Children, whose offices were on the 101st floor of the North Tower.
Today, the doll is displayed at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and Fergie posted a close-up photo of the toy.
"The original Little Red is in the Ground Zero museum. We remember today & always. I want to send the families love and strength,” she wrote over the photo.
“Thank you to the Lutnick family, who are there today & each year showing devotion to the families affected by 9/11,” Fergie wrote. “@HowardLutnick, you lost your brother and 659 of 960 Cantor Fitzgerald employees. You have not forgotten, showing unwavering resilience & support to everyone around you,” she continued, tagging the CEO of the financial services firm.
Lutnick was not in the office as usual on the morning of 9/11 because it was his son’s first day of kindergarten, per PIX11, and was pivotal in providing $180 million to the families of the Cantor employees who died that day.
Like Prince William and Prince Harry, Fergie has previously stepped out to support the BGC Annual Charity Day in London. The charitable event, coordinated in partnership with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, remembers the victims by donating 100% of global revenues to the relief fund and charities.
Fergie previously told Hello! that the twist of fate that saved her on 9/11 gave her a new view on life.
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"I take every minute as a blessing, I really do, and I really work hard at it. Because the minute you look too far forward, then you're missing now,” she told Hello! in 2019. The Duchess of York added that it meant much for Little Red (which has since inspired a children's book series of the same name) to be found.
"From 101 floors Little Red came down in her dress, a little tiny rag doll, and she was found in the rubble. And CNN filmed it and said, 'Oh, a child's doll," and Larry King said, 'No, that's Little Red, and she stands for children's rights all over the world.' From Little Red, I've gone on to build a lot of schools and taught many teachers,” she said.
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