My world was falling to bits, literally, and I was half a world away.
|Tip of Manhattan - Shot taken in 1961 before the World Trade Center|
Just a few short years later I attended law school in Washington, DC. The stickers of flags and 9/11 Remember bumper stickers adorned cars, trucks, storefront windows...all a silent testament to the tragic moment that resulted in a country that stood united in pain. Years after, when I became an attorney for New York City, I worked on the same block as what is commonly referred to as Ground Zero. Such a desperate pit of destruction I could barely bring myself to glance in its direction when forced to walk by it. Around it, thousands of New Yorkers carried on with life. Their actions should not be described as denial but instead as an attitude of We Must Carry On and This Won't Stop Us.
|Ground Zero August 2011 from rebuildgroundzero.org|
Firefighters and Police still wear their now worn t-shirts honoring their comrades. But, the flags have faded. I don't see as many 9/11 bumper stickers. Many of the arguments surrounding how to honor the fallen, what to do with Ground Zero, what the landscape of New York City will/should look like...they these are no longer the top news stories. A lot has changed in 10 years.
I am not ignorant of the tragedies occurring around the world. I know it was shocking that an attack like this took place in the United States but that it is not the only horrible thing that has ever happened in history. I know that disgusting inhumane events happen worldwide and many Americans are completely ignorant of them. It is not my intention to imply that this is the only tragic waste of life to have ever happened in the span of mankind's existence. I am not going to go into the politics of why it happened or who started it. For me, this is not about finger pointing.
I am simply saying: I remember. Do you?
- rebecca lynne