Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never Forget

Many of you have noticed that I love New York City. It’s deep. I love it like I love a friend – I knew even before I ever visited that I would love it. I just knew.

And I was right. On my first trip to NYC almost exactly ten years ago, I feel in love with the city. Hard and fast.

We were there two weeks before our country was attacked. My hubby got a shot with the impressive towers behind me (we were at the Statue of Liberty):

You have to look really hard to see them. That is still so eerie to me. I swear over the years when I look at this picture, it’s harder to see them. Isn’t that crazy?

We’ve been back countless times since – we got married there too. We couldn’t think of a better place to do it and I would do it again a million times over. (Marry my husband and marry him in New York.) :)

Last summer I took a trip to NYC with some friends, and we spent an afternoon at Ground Zero. We went through the Ground Zero Museum and it was heart wrenching and so incredibly powerful. Like last year, I’d like to share some of the photos with you today.

I think I’ll share them on this day every year…because time can make us forgetful. Time can steal away how we felt on that day – the sorrow and the despair, and the pride that was positively bursting from each one of us.

We just can’t forget.

I’ll let the pictures do all the talking:

  
            
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Every single person who died on that day – in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania -- and since then fighting for our country, is a hero in my eyes.

I am so proud to be an American.

God Bless America!

52 comments:

  1. I had taken a roadtrip there back in college. I was studying photography at the time. I did my semester project on the twin towers. It was 1993. I posted today on my blog. I really enjoyed your post and the pictures...tearing...thanks Sarah :) God bless America!
    http://cleverlyinspired.blogspot.com/2011/09/where-were-you.html

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  2. Beautifully put. I am proud with you today.

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  3. Thank you for posting these pics. It brought tears to my eyes. I was on the last day of my honeymoon when this tragedy happened. Later in the day we picked up the keys to our home and unwrapped our wedding gifts. We had received an American flag as a gift and was shocked at the timing. I went to NYC two weeks after 9/11. I had been before and couldn't believe my eyes. My heart breaks for the families. I can't think of my wedding/honeymoon without remembering those that were lost. God Bless America!

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  4. I really like the drawing at the end. It is a nice way to think of it. A day that none of us will ever forget. I've never been to NYC myself.

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  5. Sarah,
    I never comment, but I enjoy your blog so much, I am an avid fan. This post has inspired me and left me in tears. I was so moved by the drawing at the beginning and end of the post. Did a child draw this?
    There may have been an explanation
    and I missed it. It really put everything in perspective.
    Thank you so much for sharing such an inspirational post
    Michelle Weltz
    needler6@aol.com

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  6. Thanks for sharing this beautiful and emotional glimpse of the memorial. As a Canadian we watched and prayed along with our neighbours to the south that day and I will never forget. Proud to be America's neighbour.

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  7. This is an awesome post! Even though it left me sobbing my head off... you're so right about the feeling of pride. Fear, anger and sorrow also came to mind... but definitely pride.

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  8. Wonderful post Sarah. I tried to do a long post recounting that day, but I just couldn't do it. The emotions come flooding back and it brings me to tears. Just like your post did. Mine ended up being a short little something I wrote and a few pictures of each area a plane crashed. I think soo many people tend to forget the Pentagon and Flight 93. It was such a terrible day and one I hope we never go through again.

    ~ Catie

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  9. A really great post. Those drawings are an excellent reflection of both the tragedy and the hope surrounding 9/11. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I don't think any of us will forget where we were. Can I ask you a huge favor and to those who follow your blog? Can you please check out soldiersangels.org? Nearly 1600 soldiers need supportive letters and packages while fighting for our freedom. I have 3 soldiers and they need some of the most basic items. One soldier has asked for boxer shorts and laundry detergent. You can also send a one time package or join the letter writing team. Sorry, I hope this isn't spammy! I just wanted to get the word out.

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing this. What a moving tribute. I just cannot imagine what it was like to be at the other end of one of those phone calls...

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  12. Thank you so much for posting the pictures. They brought tears to my eyes. Very heart wrenching. Thank you again.

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  13. Oh, this post brought tears to my eyes! I visited Ground Zero in NYC before the museum was built---they were still moving rubble. So eerie to see that empty space.

    I was in college, sitting in my car after parking, listening to a morning radio program before heading into class on 9/11. They interrupted with the news that the first plane had hit, and I remember being shocked and scared as they announced the second plane had hit. The third and fourth went down while I was in class. My father-in-law's office was just below where the plane hit the Pentagon, but thankfully he wasn't working at the Pentagon that week.

    I remember the feeling of unity that Americans had after 9/11 and I miss that. We're so divided and angry now. It makes me sad.

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  14. What a beautiful post! Thank you for posting this.

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  15. Beautiful post. Remembering my friend Davis "Deeg" Sezna today. He was 22. It was his second day of work after graduating college.
    May he and all of the other loved ones lost that day remain forever in our hearts...

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  16. This is a wonderfully done post. I lost it completely on the heart note that says I hope you're having a good time in heaven. I really want to make a trip to ground zero one day. Having a spouse in the military, I think it would be incredibly moving for us to go.

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  17. Beautiful tribute, really inspiring and poignant, thank you for taking the time to post those pictures.

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  18. Thank you for posting this beautiful and moving tribute. God bless you and God bless America.

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  19. This is so. powerful. Thank you for sharing these images. We spent our afternoon at a Healing Field - a ski hill covered with flags, each displaying the story of the 9/11 victim it represented. I posted some of their stories: http://twelvehats.blogspot.com/2011/09/healing-field.html

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  20. read and cried through this twice. thank you for sharing this!

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  21. We were just there two weeks ago.Tes, during the hurricane =:O
    I am a native NYer, living in OR now.

    My twins live in Queens and work in downtown Manhattan, however-and today has been a nail biter for me.

    As a young-ish widow five years ago, I found a website that is called the YWBB( young widows bulletin board) which was started by some women who had become widows due to 9/11.

    Because they took their grief and turned it into something bigger than themselves, they have helped countless others. I'd like to commend them on this day of remembrance as well as all those they loved and lost. Grateful is too shallow a word to use on a day like this, but it's all I've got.

    PS-Glad you like my Big Apple, K-it's awesome, isn't it?

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  22. I travelled to New York City for the first time last year with my husband. When visiting Ground Zero, I was humbled and filled with a profound sadness, but at the same time I also felt surrounded by such a strong life force energy. I attributed that feeling to the power of the human spirit and the pride of the American people. The pictures of the towers filled with hearts reminded me of those feelings. We were definitely in the presence of angels that day. Thanks for this post. I'm proud to be a northern neighbour.

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  23. Thank you for posting these photos. Such a wonderful & humbling reminder of what we have and have lost.

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  24. Lovely post - we were in NYC last November and stayed in the financial district. I quickly realized just how close we were to the Twin Tower site - we went to the museum - and I kind of cut off any emotion because it was so intense. We walked the Irish Famine Monument facing the river and I couldn't help but look back on the emptiness and feel such incredible loss.

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  25. Such a loving tribute. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. I too love NYC ... even though I've only been there three times. The last time I was there, I visited the 911 Memorial with my daughter. We did not speak during or for some time after doing so because to speak would have unleashed a storm of tears. I really can't even read your post because it still has the same effect. No, we will never forget. Thank you for your reminder.

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  27. Thank you for sharing. I am so thankful for the brave men and women who sacrifice for our country. I saw a bumper sticker that I loved, it read- "Land of the Free, because of the Brave."

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  28. Thank you for this post...brought tears to my eyes. You didn't have to be American that day to be devasted, only human. I can't believe it was 10 years ago, I remember that time so vididly.

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  29. Sarah. My God. I know exactly what you mean about your picture. I have photos of myself & my family in front of the twin towers (from Liberty island) & I actually dug them out this week (stored in a dark box w/ thousands of other 35mm photos) & the towers have seemed to disappear. I know it sounds crazy & that's why when you said that it was like hearing my own words! EERIE! For sure.

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  30. Thanks for sharing those beautiful and touching pictures. It's always good to be reminded. Those precious people still live on today! May God give us all peace that passes any human understanding!

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  31. Beautiful. Let's not forget those still fighting. My husband is doing his forth tour in Afghanistan since 2003. I'm very proud to be an American and a military family.
    Brooke

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  32. Thanks for the 9/11 pics. That was so moving to view.

    P.S. I made your chicken and wild rice soup this weekend. YUM!!!!!!

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  33. Hi Sarah!

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I haven't been to the Ground Zero Museum yet, so it was nice to be able to see and read some of it.

    I love your blog. I've had it e-mailed to me for months now. I just recently started my own (much thanks to inspiration from you). You were even the first button I put up (don't ask how long that took me to figure out)!

    Anyhow, I wanted to let you know that I absolutely love TDC. You have me laughing out loud some days, and then others (like today) I nearly cry.

    Thanks for all of the energy you put into it, because it's inspiring!

    Shannon @ Imperfectly-Inspired

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  34. That was beautiful, and heart wrenching. Thank you for sharing. I hope to make it NYC one day and have the honor of visitng Ground Zero. Until then, I will continue to hold the loved ones of all the lost in my prayers and my heart. I will never forget.

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  35. That was beautiful, and heart wrenching. Thank you for sharing. I hope to make it NYC one day and have the honor of visitng Ground Zero. Until then, I will continue to hold the loved ones of all the lost in my prayers and my heart. I will never forget.

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  36. Thank you for sharing. What a beautiful post. I love the hearts flying out of the towers. God Bless America.

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  37. thank you for sharing those pictures with us...I've not yet made it up there, and I'm so appreciative to see some of it now. I can't see anything pertaining to that day without tearing up. My first child was only 2 months old when it happened and I remember thinking "What have I brought him into?!"

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  38. This post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. It really shows the magnitude of what happened that day.

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  39. Thanks so much for sharing these pictures.I grew up in NJ and took the Subway from Hoboken many a day with my family. I was no longer living in the east bust watching on TV I felt so hopeless and sad for the people who perished and that part of my childhood innocence that those towers represented that died that day too. I know live in Az and don't get back east too often, but 2 years after the event we went to NYC for a visit and all the memorabilia was at the church that was right next door.It made it so real.I am happy to see there is now a dedicated memorial to honor these people and let their legacy live on for future generations, not to forget.

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  40. Thanks so much for sharing these pictures.I grew up in NJ and took the Subway from Hoboken many a day with my family. I was no longer living in the east bust watching on TV I felt so hopeless and sad for the people who perished and that part of my childhood innocence that those towers represented that died that day too. I know live in Az and don't get back east too often, but 2 years after the event we went to NYC for a visit and all the memorabilia was at the church that was right next door.It made it so real.I am happy to see there is now a dedicated memorial to honor these people and let their legacy live on for future generations, not to forget.

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  41. Beautiful tribute, thank you so much for sharing. It was a somber day--it was a treasure to see your post.

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  42. as a wife of a u.s. army soldier who joined post 9/11, i'm with you on your thoughts of yesterday.and thank you for posting it.it was beautifully put.

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  43. I have CHILLS, cold shivers down my spine chills. These pictures and captions are heart wrenching, and brought tears to my eyes. I feel for everyone that lost loved ones that day. It is truly a day that will live on forever. Thank you for sharing <33 Mikayla

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  44. My husband is a firefighter in S.C. and in the summer of 2002, three of the firefighters from NY, one who was in the trade center, one who had retired but was on the scene, and one who was off duty, but lost his wife that day, came to speak at a convention here. Hearing them speak, when it was all so recent and raw is something I will never forget. At the time they also had the WTC traveling memorial which had several of the things that will be in the museum. The things that stuck out the most were things like the silverware from the restaurant and at the same time steel beams that were crushed. May this country forget how we came together that day and what it means to be there for one another in our darkest hours.

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  45. We visited ground zero in 2005, but the museum was not opened yet. We got a walking tour by the young widow of a firefighter. Her story was very poignant. I particularly admire the firefighters. They are all so special, so duty bound, a very rare breed of people. I too have a picture of myself in front of the World Trade Center, you can see it on my latest post.

    I love the picture of the towers made of hearts, with the hearts floating up to heaven. So meaningful!

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  46. Thank you so much for posting this. I looked at all the photos with my husband. They are so moving, especially the last one.

    God Bless America!

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  47. Thank you for posting these pictures. Very touching.

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