The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S. continues to serve as a defining moment in the lives of people in Mercer Island and throughout the country. Patch has taken photos in cities around the country of people and places that have changed as a result of 9/11. [click here for slideshow].
Here on Mercer Island, Lacrosse assistant coach and U.S. Army veteran Kevin Mincio took his army battalion's motto to heart after returning from a tour in Iraq in 2005.
"Tant Que Je Puis" translates to "To The Limit of Our Abilities," and Mincio is now determined to reach the World Trade Center site in New York on Sept. 11 by to honor and assist families of fallen soldiers (you can follow all the stops on their ride by clicking here).
Mincio (along with friend Matt Corry) formed the non-profit organization Team Jesse Foundation shortly after friend and comrade SSG Jesse Williams was killed on a second tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. Along with ride partner Matt Sauri, Team Jesse began their cycling trek in June at William's grave site in Santa Rosa, Calif. and will end at the site of the Twin Towers on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The former Goldman Sachs Vice President had enlisted in the army shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, which occurred just a few blocks from his office. He became good friends with a fellow sergeant his unit, SSG Jesse Williiams and promised to look after Williams’ daughter if anything should happen to him. Today, Team Jesse's mission is to help families of fallen soldiers with support and education in Williams’ honor.