Thursday, September 11, 2008

Garden of Reflection

Remnants of the World Trade Center
Because we live within commuting distance of NYC, many in our area were personally affected by the World Trade Center attacks.

A few years ago, a memorial garden was created in our hometown by the victims' families.


Twin fountains

Today, I decided my children were old enough to commemorate 9/11 with a visit to the garden.

It was peaceful, simple and beautiful.


Last year, I wrote my own memories of that horrible day. What do you remember?

18 comments:

Annie said...

I'm so glad you did that. I've been thinking of it all day long; it must have been so meaningful to commemorate in such a peaceful place.

Rochelleht said...

Wow. What an experience! Good for you.

I was pregnant at the time. It did feel like the world was coming to an end. What horror!

diane said...

What a lovely place to remember. We will never forget.
I turned 40 on the 10th and the next day the world fell apart.

Kenny and Linsey said...

That is a nice thing to do with your children. What a beautiful memorial.

Robin said...

I wish our community did something cool like this. What a great thing to do for your kids.

Lauren in GA said...

Thank you for posting about this. I said to Shally on her blog that I don't want to forget...I don't want the despair to have power over me but, I always want to remember.

Thank you.

Jeanelle said...

I remember driving to work in a daze and noticing everyone around me had the same shocked/sad face on as I did. I also remember how strange it was to not see a single airplane in the sky for those days afterward. I cried this morning because my radio station played this montage that included the band at the Tower of London playing the National Anthem shortly after the attacks. I'm welling up now just thinking about it. It was such a wonderful tribute/gift to our country. So glad you were able to commemorate today with your kids!!

Lisa R.D. said...

My daughter was only a couple of months old... I sat in the rocking chair for what seemed like days on end, not being able to stop watching the news coverage. I couldn't imagine what her life would be like with something like this happening.

I enjoyed reading your post from last year... you captured what so many of us felt and feel.

calibosmom said...

We had just moved into our new home. We didn't even have cable yet. My husband called and told me what was happening. He was working in Boston and I was so scared. I told him to come home. I couldn't watch the news I didn't know anything. I didn't want to know anything. I didn't see the footage until two days after it all happened. I will never forget.

cami said...

My friend called me in the morning and told me to turn on the tv. I couldn't stop watching the news coverage. I remember watching as the towers fell and of course, it was just a sick, empty, scary feeling. I took Bryce in to school late, and found that one of the teachers had a brother in NYC that was a police officer or port authority officer (can't remember which), but she wasn't able to get a hold of him. This was a small private school and everyone knew all the teachers. She made it all seem even more real. Fortunately, her brother was ok, but that was certainly an awful, sad, scary day. Oh, and I also remember noticing the lack of airplanes in the Phoenix sky that morning on the way to work. It was just an odd feeling. Everything about that day was just wrong.

Bridget said...

Good for you.What a great thing to do with your kids.

queenieweenie said...

What a neat experience for your kids.

I had four children six and under and was busy getting them ready for the day/school when my husband called and told me. I turned on the tv and just wanted to gather all my chicks around me and never let them go.

Christie said...

What a great way to pay tribute to all the victims of that day. I talked to my kids about that day yesterday, too. It's kind of neat to have them old enough to start to understand.

♥Shally said...

I wish we had something like that close to were we live... it looks awesome!

Cathy said...

I still go into shock every Sept. 11 and remember wondering if we (the United States)would be alive the next day! Having lived in arab countries, I had to continually remind myself of the good friends and associates we made and how hard it would be for them too! I do not deal well with wars, fights and inhumanity, all these situations we have to go through.

Marci said...

I love the Garden of Reflecion - I am so grateful that you took us there. I'll never forget it!! Your photos are beautiful!

Hazen5 said...

That garden is goregous! I am so glad you are remembering with your family.

Amanda D said...

What a great thing to do. I'm glad to hear that you are taking advantage of something like that. What an incredible lesson you are teaching your children. That garden really is beautiful.

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