This is a brief pause from the recent Lighthouse-related drama to remember the terrible events of September 11, 2001. I will never forget being a high school kid sitting in my desk and watching in speechless horror as this tragedy unfolded before all our eyes, and I will always be grateful my mother made a last-minute decision to go to her office across the street from the World Trade Center the next day, instead of that day. She would have gotten out of the E train right about the time of the first impact.
My first childhood memory is from the top of the World Trade Center, as I tried in vain to grasp the cars on the street below that reminded me of Matchbox cars (my favorite toy). I had many other memories there, including, sadly, this one.
Image via WikipediaI remember driving on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and looking at Lower Manhattan a month after the attacks - I looked at the new, scarred city and said "My God, there's a hole in the sky." May they soon fill that hole in the sky, and may we always strive to fill the hole in our hearts.
I want to leave you with this quote from World Trade Center principal architect, Minoru Yamasaki, at the Twin Towers' dedication in 1973. Let it always remind us that, even when we fall short in practice, man must always strive to the highest ideals and the better angels of our nature:
RIP Bruce Gary (FDNY), Anthony Infante (PAPD), Steven Tighe (Cantor-Fitzgerald), and thousands of others - we will never forget you.
"I feel this way about it: World trade means world peace and, consequently, the World Trade Center buildings in New York ... had a bigger purpose than just to provide room for tenants. The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace. Beyond the compelling need to make this a monument to world peace, the World Trade Center should, because of its importance, become a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and through cooperation, his ability to find greatness." - Minoru Yamasaki, 1973