In today's Friday Focus, I want to take a few minutes to honor the fallen of that tragic day – September 11, 2001. It is hard to believe it was fourteen years ago when the towers fell from the New York skyline.
[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”9/11 Memorial – NYC”]9/11 Memorial – NYC | ©2014 Dave Anthold[/featured-image]
In 2014, I took a trip to New York City with some friends and colleagues, and to stand and pay my respects at the memorial was moving.
Walking around the place where the towers used to stand, I took in the names that wrapped around all sides.
Jake Barton shared in his TED Talk, The Museum of You, some background of how they brought the 9/11 museum to life. What I found even more fascinating was the care that they took to align the names of people around the water walls.
In one case, a family member asked that their family member be placed next to the individual who cared for them during their exit. This video will move your heart and dive deeper into the making of the 9/11 museum.
Hope In the Midst of Hell
Across the street from the 9/11 Memorial lies St. Paul's Chapel, which miraculously survived the Twin Towers collapse. In this little chapel, hope rang out loud and clear. In this chapel, faith met the weary and heart-broken. In this chapel, the resilience of heroism spoke volumes.
That day as we wandered through the exhibits, you could not help but be overcome with emotion. The “unwavering spirit” of those that served during one of our nation's darkest hours met the grace of God in a small chapel.
Today, we have hope – hope for a better tomorrow. We remember the sacrifice of the first responders. We remember those that lost their lives that day. We will never forget.
Love and hope persevere. New York City understands it. Oklahoma City understands it. And we, America, understand it.
On a day, when we remember the fallen, please take a few minutes to remember the families who lost loved ones that day. We are a resilient nation, and we honor these men, women, children and even the unborn that perished that day.
[reminder]Where were you when you first heard the news of September 11, 2001.[/reminder]
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