Monday, June 15, 2020
“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and the ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”
~ President George W. Bush
~ November 11, 2001
~ born 1946
~43rd President of the United States of America
An American flag, rosary, NYPD shirt adorned with messages of remembrance, a green teddy bear and a card bearing hugs are among the items on the Memorial Altar for 9/11 Remembrance in St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church Wall Street, New York City.
Someone from 3,000 miles away in Seattle, Washington, penned the message, at left, “We are here always in heart and soul for all those who have been touched by 911. Embrace our unification and rise above taller than the Trade Centers.” What a beautiful and poignant message.
Most of the 2,977 who perished on that surreal and devastating day were civilians – as well as 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers who died in the World Trade Center and on the ground in New York City, and another law enforcement officer who died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Fifty-five military personnel died at the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. A total of 2,606 died in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area. The attacks were the deadliest terrorist act in world history, and the most devastating attack on United States soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
The Episcopal parish at the corner of Broadway and Wall Street was a refuge for relief workers after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A sculpture in front of the church was made out of a giant sycamore tree destroyed on 9/11.
I shot this on a beautiful spring day in mid-April in Lower Manhattan.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
“We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and Freedom will prevail.”
~ George W. Bush
~ born 1946
~ 43rd President of the United States of America
Splashes of morning light on a perfect April day shine on One World Trade Center – The Freedom Tower – and the new Oculus sculpture that tops the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan, New York City, near the Memorial Pools.
One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. With 104 floors, it is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth tallest in the world. It opened November 3, 2014.
The Oculus sculpture – bringing to mind the bold, rising wings of freedom – is the creation of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.