Sept 11 Memorial 2009

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This is where I spent Sept 11 my sweet friends, as y’all know.

The site of the Memorial ceremony overlooks ongoing construction. A memorable, giant crane hovers over the park where victims’ names were poignantly read.

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I stood………..Fixing my eyes upon wives, husbands, children – carrying photos of lost loved ones streaming into a plaza near Ground Zero in my beloved city: New York.

Families standing next to me…heartbreakingly and tearfully, through moments of silence, in honour of their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons and friends who were killed.

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Rainy, windy, and cold. We huddled together wearing ponchos, and some carrying umbrellas to try to foil the downpour as haunting bells tolled at nearby Trinity Church.

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(Photos: Courtesy AP.)

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The Reflecting Pool.

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Many carried framed photos or pins of family and best friends.

One woman, wearing a pin of a smiling man, leaned over to me.

We became fast friends that day. She kissed my cheek, thanked me for being there, then whispered to me through tear stained eyes: “He was my best friend. He is still with me every single day.”

I hold her hand as I walk her up the ramp……..away from the Pool.

Gazing upward, forever seeking the Twin Towers,
we huddled in the rain for hours and hours.

My sweet friends………
We resiliently continue to strive,
All the while, wishing that our loved ones were still alive.

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No matter what brought us there..
We were all seeking one elusive thing…
something to give us…just a bit of….solace.

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13 Responses to “Sept 11 Memorial 2009”

  1. Reese says:

    The pictures speak a thousand words. Thank you for sharing them and your private feelings with us strangers that have become your friends, come to love you here in cyber space.

    xoxox

  2. Debbie says:

    I think it is important to note that our current President Barack Obama did not see fit to visit the site of attack at the Twin Towers in New York.

    No, he didn’t have time for that, but he did have time to celebrate and devote his day to the beginning of the economic crisis. Never let a good crisis go to waste.

  3. blackandgoldfan says:

    How did you hold it together long enough to take pics? I’m teary just reading your post. I would’ve been an emotional mess had I been there.

  4. C Gen says:

    Angel,

    Thank you for writing so much about remembering 9/11. It’s so important to remember. I also appreciate your comments on my poem. Your writing inspired it in part. That and the fact, I will never get over what happen.

  5. namaste says:

    what a beautiful post, angel. thank you for sharing and for keeping the 9/11 memorials going. thank you for your vigilant remembrance. God bless you and God bless America.

  6. joe says:

    Angel, I hope that the tears we, your readers shed subtract from your tears and your pain. We are with you when you need us most, just think about us and we are there. Hugs and a shoulder to cry on.

  7. MK says:

    Thanks for posting that Angel, another wonderful tribute from you.

  8. RaDena says:

    It seems somehow appropriate that it rained there on the anniversary of 9/11, Angel, even though even more people would have been there if it hadn’t.

    I don’t know how you get through this either after having been there during the actual horror! You are a very strong woman with much inner courage. God bless you!

  9. Nickie Goomba says:

    In another era, in a stronger and prouder America, a new and larger structure would already have been built. The sad sight of ground zero is also a reminder of the state of the nation.

    Thank you for having been there for all of us.

  10. Brooke says:

    Thank you for the beautiful posts on 9-11, Angel. I’m only sorry I was unable to post due to my schedule.

  11. Karen Howes says:

    Wonderful, Angel– thanks!

  12. Bunni says:

    Angel: Thank you for such a touching tribute. You are so brave to go to the actual site of the horror. I could not do it, it would be too depressing for me.
    God Bless you and I am praying for all who lost loved ones to those murderers.

  13. Defiant_Infidel says:

    Ever vigilant, reverent and remembering… Thank you, Angel.