In Remembrance – on the 20th Anniversary of 9.11
a day of remembrance
The letters for this quote from Virgil displayed in the Memorial Hall of the September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York were forged from remnant World Trade Center steel by blacksmith Tom Joyce.
Seeing the crushed remains of Ladder 3 on our moving visit to the museum in 2015 the sacrifice and bravery of those 343 firefighters of the New York City Fire Department who were lost that day together with an additional 68 emergency workers and the 2566 innocent lives they were trying to save has been a lasting memory.
On this 19th anniversary of that terrible day as we remember them all together with those lost at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, we now have too many other lives to remember and mourn, and for whom those words of Virgil could also have been written.
Six months ago today on March 11th The Director General of the WHO declared that, “COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.” On that day there were more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people who had lost their lives. Today, September 11th 2020, there are 28,412,026 reported cases and 915,088 deaths worldwide.
The First Responder Heroes of 9/11 and those heroes on United Flight 93, together with the Frontline Heroes and Healthcare Workers of today who have also lost and continue to lose their lives saving their fellow citizens are all in our thoughts on this solemn day.
9/11: in remembrance
No day shall erase you from the memory of time
This quote from Virgil is displayed in the Memorial Hall of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York with letters forged from remnant World Trade Center steel by blacksmith Tom Joyce.
Freedom Tower III matted and framed.
In commemoration of 9/11
The Unwavering Spirit
From St Paul’s Chapel, Lower Manhattan, New York
We visited the chapel on our visit to ground zero and the National September 11 Memorial Museum last year. The rear of the chapel faced opposite the east side of the World Trade Centre, as it does now to the Freedom Tower. After the attack on September 11 it served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the World Trade Center site.
As we pause to remember and reflect on that fateful morning fifteen years ago today this uniform together with the crushed remains of Ladder 3 that are so reverently displayed in the Museum, and about which I posted earlier this year, all serve to remind us of the sacrifice and bravery of those 343 firefighters of the New York City Fire Department who were lost that day, together with an additional 68 emergency workers and the 2566 innocent lives they were trying to save.
Hope & Healing at Ground Zero
Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic
Slurry Wall, Foundation Hall, 9/11 Memorial Museum
On a day on which we pause to reflect on the events of 9/11, a day that is seared in all of our memories I have been looking back at my photographs from our visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York last January and remembering how moved we were as we walked through the Memorial exhibit. The Museum has comprehensive descriptions online and on their app and I would invite you to visit their site to read about the slurry wall and how its structural integrity prevented flooding of subway tunnels and parts of lower Manhattan.
No day shall erase you from the memory of time…Virgil
The letters for this quote from Virgil in the Memorial Hall were forged from remnant World Trade Center steel by blacksmith Tom Joyce. Surrounding the quote is an art installation called Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on that September Morning by the artist Spencer Finch who created the work “to pay tribute to the victims and to explore both the personal and the collective nature of memory”
…for this weeks Photo Challenge: Monochromatic