Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten Years

I was fortunate enough to be in New York this week, and even was able to catch up with a friend on Friday night.  So, my husband and I went in to the city earlier in the evening.  I drove us downtown to see 1 WTC that is being built as we speak, it is going to be a beautiful addition to our forever changed New York skyline.   
I parked a block away, leaving my husband in the car (so we didn't pick up any souvenirs from the NYPD) and I walked around a bit.  Immediately listening to my surroundings and paying attention to all the new buildings, watching the people, the police activity, there was the most amazing sound-- like angels singing--- a choir was practicing for today's memorial service, and the feeling of peace was among all of the busyness.  We stopped. Listened.  Tears filled my eyes and chills ran down my spine.  A cool breeze ran across the back of my neck.  You couldn't see them, only hearing their voices echoing among all of the construction, all of the ciaos.  There was a sense of calmness, a pure sense of peace.  This feeling of course 10 years ago early in the morning was not the case.  Of course like it was 5 minutes ago, we all remember, some knowing folks there, some loosing loved ones, others just reaching out in anyway possible.  I will never forget that horrific day, most never will.
I was unable to see the actual memorial, the dedication was today, and tomorrow will be open to the public-- people from all over the world will walk the memorial, reading names of loved ones lost.  We owe alot to those who have been doing their parts over the last 10 years, and those that will continue to do so.  This is a great city.  We have a lot of work to do still, and it will continue to be an ever changing place.

What is taking place there now today, after 10 years, more people then I have seen in a long time, I know alot were visitors, but you can tell the difference.  The locals are moving back in.  Terrific new restaurants, new businesses, new life being born again.   This is a great city.   We are determined people, you may kick us down, but we will rise up.
Visit for more information.  It is amazing the growth in lower Manhattan.  Simply incredible. 

We will always remember.
Gone, but not forgotten.


  1. What a lovely post. I too remember, and I too celebrate the new life in NYC. It is amazing what the human spirit can accomplish!!

  2. Sounds like an experience to remember, hearing the choir practice at that moment during your walk.


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