Cherishing a band of gold
Wedding ring found in wreckage consoles Flight 93 widow
From Rusty Dornin
PORTOLA VALLEY, California (CNN) -- After her husband died in the September 11 crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, Dorothy Garcia told FBI agents she wanted just one thing.
"I told them I would really like my husband's wedding ring if they were able to find it," she said.
They did, and a week before Christmas, two FBI agents came bearing a box, its contents smelling of jet fuel. Inside were Andy Garcia's wallet, luggage tags and the one thing for which his widow had prayed.
"The ring was in a velvet pouch," she says. "It was just handled so beautifully, with such care and tenderness, and I just opened the pouch up and took the ring out and just put it right on my hand.
"It was just like it needed to be there. It was just like Andy saying, 'I love you dear, and this is something from me to you.' "
Everywhere in the Garcia house these days are images of a man with a quick smile who loved jazz, golf and family. His wife is trying to adjust to his absence.
"You wake up in the morning, and everything you do is different," she said. "Andy and I had business together, so we spent 24 hours a day together. Now I'm in the office alone and come home alone, and you wake up alone. That's a big adjustment."
On January 17, Garcia will carry the Olympic torch in her husband's name through Pacific Grove, California, where they had their first date in 1969.
"I thought what a way to honor him, where it all started," she said.
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