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TJX remembers fallen executives

As merchants nationwide quietly walked a fine line between remembrance and an offer of simple normalcy on Sept. 11, TJX Companies paused to recognize the nation's — and its own — pain.

The company lost seven of its merchandising and store operations executives in the attack on the World Trade Center — all of them passengers aboard American flight 11. Late last month the company dedicated the TJX Memorial Garden near its Massachusetts headquarters to their memories.

Last week the chain, which is composed of TJMaxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and AJ Wright in the United States, as well as subsidiaries in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom, opened its U.S. stores at noon, as an acknowledgement to all the victims of the attack. Additionally, stores throughout the chain paused for a moment of silence prior to commencing business.

In a prepared statement posted on its website, Ted English, president and ceo, said: "It is impossible to convey the depth of what we — as a company and as individuals — are feeling as we come upon the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. A tragedy of such inexplicable magnitude is still difficult to fathom. That we lost seven of our own, all bright, young, energetic and unforgettable women, has intensified and perpetuated the emotional toll.

"We are marking the year that has passed in a few, carefully chosen ways, to honor our co-workers as well as the thousands of others lost that day."

Elsewhere, other merchants observed the day in a similarly muted manner.

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