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Monday, September 5, 2011

Approaching 9/11/2011 as a New Yorker

I didn't live in Manhattan 10 years ago. Many residents left this town, feeling either fear, pain, or isolation.  I moved here 3 years after that terrible day.  I have a strong belief that life must go on. I further believe we honor those who died by rebuilding and remembering.  One week from today, on September 11, 2011, the WTC memorial building will be officially installed.

I've been watching television programming about the work, the thought, the love and the care that has gone into this construction.  Every individual involved has been touched in a way that goes beyond any simple job -- many have very personal reasons for wanting to take part -- their parents, children, brothers and sisters, friends and relatives were lost on that day.

Throughout New York, the United States, and the world beyond, our lives changed that day.  We walked through our lives in a daze for weeks, months, some for years.  Some never recovered to move past their grief -- but in a testament to life's unbounded spirit, many did.

The picture above is how the new Trade Center construction looked in August 2011.  Almost there --- but not finished yet.  Next week, I'll be watching and listening as each of the people who have touched this project get to smile just a little bit with the satisfaction of knowing they have laid their loved ones to rest, at last, in peace.

3 comments:

Kalanna said...

Thanks for the photo and your thoughts, Terri. I had been in the WTC buildings in 2000, so when they disappeared that day, I felt it deeply.

Holli said...

It looks like it's going to be a beautiful memorial building... thank you for showing it to us!

Lisa said...

Marvelously said, Teri!