As the Nation pauses to remember the events of September 11, 2001, students and staff at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynn County have a new reminder of the importance of the work they do. Earlier this summer, FLETC received a donation of a stuffed pink rabbit from the grandparents of 9/11's youngest victim, Christine Lee Hanson. The rabbit is now on display in the FLETC Counterterrorism Training Intermodal facility, which was dedicated in 2011 in part to Christine Hanson and all the victims of 9/11. FLETC Director Connie Patrick says, "The students and staff of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers are humbled by this thoughtful donation..We will keep Christine's memory, and her favorite rabbit, as a reminder of why we are here each and every day."
The family of Christine Hanson wanted to share this special memento where it could be seen by those that come into the facility for training. Lee Hanson, Christine's grandfather attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility two years ago and said Christine's portrait, displayed at the entrance, is a reminder of the innocent lives lost that day. Christine Lee Hanson was just two years old when American Airlines flight 175 was hijacked and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. She was the youngest victim of the World Trade Center terrorist attack, on the flight with her parents traveling to visit Disneyland in California.
"Christine Lee was love personified," wrote her grandfather, Lee Hanson, " It is hard to explain Christine's love for her family and friends. It was deep and personal. She was like an angel, mischievous sometimes, but mostly gentle and loving. She helped her mom and dad plant flowers, trees and bushes, and would tell them not to worry, her dad would give them food and water and they would grow up to be strong." The Hanson family donated the stuffed bunny that Christine had since she was a baby. In fact, they noted that when they went to the home shortly after 9/11, the bunny was tucked into Christine's bed.