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.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”
~ 70 B.C. – 19 B.C.
I shot this image of the FDNY Dream Bike at the National September 11 Memorial Museum on an April day in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
In the summer of 2001, Firefighter Gerard Baptiste, FDNY Ladder Company 9, purchased a battered 1979 Honda motorcycle, model CB750. Baptiste believed that he could restore it to good working order. His fellow firefighters joked that it would take time and money just to start the engine. Following Baptiste’s death in the North Tower on 9/11, the broken-down motorcycle remained at the firehouse until a memorial tribute in “Backroads” magazine inspired Baptiste’s colleagues to restore the bike in his memory. Surviving members of Ladder Company 9, with support from Honda and motorcycle enthusiasts nationwide, transformed the motorcycle into a “bike of healing” known as the Dream Bike. Ten roses painted on the cover its gas tank symbolize the members of Ladder Company 9 and Engine Company 33 who were killed on 9/11.
The documentary film “FDNY Dream Bike,” directed and written by John Allison, was released in 2005.
The Virgil quote has been fashioned out of salvaged remnants of damaged World Trade Center steel and is located in Memorial Hall inside the museum, where it will stand in perpetuity at the site of the attacks as a promise that we will never forget those taken from us on that terrible day.