Sunday, September 11, 2011
remembrance, the lasting perfume”
~Jean de Boufflers
It has been over a year since my best friend and I went down to "ground zero." I thought it was only fitting to spend today with some of those photos. I was captivated by the small church that would have been dwarfed by these towers.
Opened in 1766, St. Paul's Chapel is Manhattan's oldest public building in continuous use - a place where George Washington worshiped and 9/11 recovery workers received round-the-clock care.
While the church's organ was badly damaged by smoke and dirt, the organ has been refurbished and is in use again, and you can see how close it was to "ground zero" (where the orange webbing is).For eight months after the attacks, St. Paul's Chapel served as home to a volunteer relief effort, "becoming a place of renewal and inspiration for Ground Zero's physically and spiritually weary," a Trinity Church press release said.
As someone who sells pieces of the past, not just for money but for remembrances, I am always touched by displays/collections that people create to connect to the past.
These are patches from first responders and rescue personnel from all over the world. This is called "Healing Hearts and Minds", which consists of a policeman's uniform covered with police and firefighter patches sent from all over the country and the world. An altar displays the photos of those who were lost on that day...
The chapel has been turned into a museum, and, although I did take some pictures, I felt uncomfortable. Sometimes things just need to be part of a personal memory.
A pilgrimage is not about the souvenirs...
Ouside though I loved this bell the British gave us...
The bell will ring today...at 8:46 AM in remembrance of the victims, the Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector of Trinity Wall Street, will ring the Bell of Hope in the pattern of the four-fives, the firefighters’ salute to the fallen. It will ring again as part of an Interfaith Ringing at 7:14 PM. Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector of Trinity Wall Street, Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue, and Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, will ring the Bell.
Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the attacks and support groups began to seek a forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and pay tribute to those who rose in service in response to the tragedy.
By encouraging Americans to participate in service and remembrance activities on the 9/11 anniversary, family members wanted to provide a productive and respectful way to honor those who perished and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that swept our nation after 9/11 to help meet the challenges we face today. It is strange that we have become so polarized over the past years...they not only brought down the towers, but it seems they also brought down our ability to work together. We can have differing views, but we had always found common ground...that was hijacked with those planes.Because of their efforts to build support for this idea, September 11 has been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009 and is consistent with President Obama’s overall call to service, United We Serve. So, as the sun sets today, remember, as Anne Frank said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Posted by Susan at 7:11 AM