Sunday, September 12, 2010

Remembering 9/11 with a Big Teardrop

When they have anniversaries of sad or tragic events, the years seem to skip by, and I am always asking myself the same question, “Was it really that long ago? It seems like it happened last week.” Maybe that’s true for me because those memories of events seem so vivid.”

I don’t know why I had the television on that morning, but I did. I saw the second plane hit the second tower as it occurred on TV. The host of the Morning Show didn’t know what was going on in New York City, possibly a whole invasion of the city, starting with two planes used for the destruction of landmark buildings and thousands of lives
At that time in my life I had been retired a year, and we were in the middle of a painting all the ceilings in our house. So, we had the TV on constantly. We stopped whatever we were doing for new news about the incident. From our covered sofa and other chairs, the tears filled up our hearts and mind, as relatives looked for their missing loved ones. Those scenes are etched in my heart.

Soon after that there was a new spirit in America—cars where driving with little American flags on them, many houses proudly displayed flags, people were opening doors for one another, and smiling at strangers. We were all glad to be alive, and determined to live in a better, safer world.

That “high” of good feeling and good in the country has certainly declined, due to two wars and bad economic times. If only we could put our tears symbolically in one place and move on with a brighter spirit, while never forgetting 9/11.

That is possible—at least to put our tears symbolically in one place. There is real 100-foot Teardrop Memorial that was dedicated September 11, 2006 in a ceremony attended by former President Clinton and other dignitaries. The sculpture was donated by the Russian people and is located in New Jersey.

The Teardrop Memorial is very large, big enough to contain all our sacred tears for those who died...

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