At our Leen’s Lodge gathering, four of us spent a moment of reflection on our escape from the 9/11 WTC towers and their collapse We had some quiet conversations with some of the others in the group.
Some things are still vivid for me. For example, I can close my eyes and still see the jumpers. I saw five. One couple launched themselves holding hands. The visual is indelibly etched in my mind.
Some younger attendees at our gathering were from other regions of the country. Their impressions of 9/11 have been formed by images on television or the internet. Such is the progression of time and the influence of distance.
After 20 years, we can only solemnly reflect. Here are two additions to the reflection pool.
The first is the online tribute wall from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum:
“At the heart of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s mission is the promise to remember the 2,983 killed as a result of the 9/11 and February 26, 1993, attacks. The Memorial and the Museum fulfill this sacred responsibility in many ways — through commemoration, education and inspiration.
“We invite you to visit the Blue Sky Remembrance Wall to read the growing number of tributes submitted by people from around the country in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.” https://neverforget.org/remember/
The second reflection is a YouTube about a story told less often. It is a tribute to the spirit of folks who came to the rescue of others. It is an American story, just as the evacuation from Dunkirk is a British story. We thank our longtime friend Michael K. for reminding us about this part of 9/11 history.
“BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience,” https://youtu.be/MDOrzF7B2Kg
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