15 Sep FE: Never forget
“When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.” ~Jeff Parness, founder of New York Says Thank You
This week I wish to honor 9/11 and the Financial District of Lower Manhattan in New York City. I recently visited this neighborhood affected by 9/11 for the last 21 years. I went to the 9/11 memorial and museum on the site where the massive North and South Towers stood (AKA Tower 1 and 2 out of 7 that made up the complex). I read the names of those killed in attacks in New York: 2,753 of them (by the numbers: https://nymag.com/news/articles/wtc/1year/numbers.htm and https://www.911memorial.org/learn). Some European visitors stood nearby and asked if I would take their picture, then they did the same for me: small acts of kindness at a site filled with so much sadness.
I walked a few more blocks to the firehouses and police stations that still have #Neverforget posters in the windows and the names of the colleagues and family they lost. I have worked with 2 New York teams as a writer and have spent many hours in the Financial District before the World Trade Center Towers fell. I’m not a New Yorker. I am grateful to spend more time in the area as the neighborhood continues to rebuild.
I love how the quote above speaks to 9/11 then and now: “When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.”
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Akasha Garnier for #TheWishwall
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