September 11, 2009

We Have Not Forgotten.

* I am reposting this from 10/08 when my mom, sister and I took a trip to NYC for my birthday. These pictures are very small captures of the depth of emotion that overwhelms you of what happened on 9/11 when you stand there looking at this giant hole in the skyline. There aren't enough words to describe that sadness or righteous anger over the wrong done that day. *

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Our first stop on our second day in NYC was spot where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once stood...Ground Zero. I am sure that everyone remembers where they were on the day of 9/11. I remember where I was, what I was doing and how I felt as I watched the tv in horror as the greatest tragedy in my lifetime unfolded before my eyes.

There is really no way to prepare yourself for this sight. We could not help but be overcome with emotion as we thought of the many that were taken from us in such a horrific way. We were also overcome with the good that people are capable of when they come together as one to serve others. We were simply overcome.

And so we say to those who lost their lives, to those who gave their lives and to those who try to continue on in their absence...we will not forget, no we will always remember!


A gorgeous blue sky...
in glaring contrast to the two missing towers that once stood in the heart of that vast space that is filled with nothingness now.




Not only the surrounding buildings but the people of New York City and the rest of America bare the scars of that day...




St. Paul's Chapel...a beacon of hope in the midst of fear, sorrow and pain.
Not a stone, window or pillar was damaged.




The old sycamore tree stood in the corner of the church's courtyard...
it took the shrapnel from the explosion, saving the church from harm.




"The Bell of Hope"
"To the greater glory of God and in recognition of the enduring links
between the City of London and the city of New York.
Forged in adversity - September 11, 2001"




The cots where the tireless volunteers would try to rest...




The outpouring of love, prayer and support from people around the globe was incredible!




We will not forget...
We will remember!

2 comments:

Tina said...

Kari:

Thanks for sharing this...

I wrote my post today about this also...my hubby was on a United Flight that morning and the fear I felt is still so raw...

I know I will never forget 9/11..

~Hugs

Debbie said...

Kari, I too visited this spot and it's so eerie! I also went into St. Paul's church and heard the story of how none of their windows were shattered that day. Amazing!

My cousin worked in one of the buildings across from the towers and he had to run that day as they fell. He told me how shaken he was as he crossed the Brooklyn Bridge trying to find a place to call home.

May we never forget and let down our country's defense.

Love you,
Debbie

 
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