A few years ago, my mom and I took a vacay trip together to New York City. My mom had just retired and I decided to take us to New York for a week. It was a lot of fun, very memorable, and the start of a tradition for us. We visited the Empire State Building (and I to this day highly recommend it), Central Park, and sat and admired the Statue of Liberty over margaritas. It was a blast. I even got flip off and say F*** YOU as we walked by Trump Tower! We also had the opportunity, and privilege, to visit Ground Zero. Since today is 9-11 (I can’t believe it’s been 18 years since the attack) I thought I would share some thoughts and pics of the time I spent at what is now the national monument commemorating the spot where the Twin Towers once stood.
I was truly amazed and had to just stand in awe of what has been done to Ground Zero. Talk about hallowed ground. In one vein you have to acknowledge the profound loss of life and the utter despair and grief of all of those who lost their lives that day; not mention all the surviving family and friends that were left behind. The pain and anger and all the rage of a nation that was assaulted and the cowardice of attacking innocent civilians is distant but still palpable. In another vein you can also feel the flow of love and remembrance and respect. There are a few times in my life that I truly felt like I was standing on sacred ground and this was definitely one of those times.
Today I am remembering all those that lost their lives during the 9-11 attacks; and not just at the Twin Towers. I grieve their loss, I pray for those left behind, and I remind myself that we are all Americans who live in and love this great country. We are under attack again and the twin towers of our democracy, the rule of law and the reign of truth are on fire and melting before our eyes. We are being attacked by a ruthless and vicious Russian dictator who is actively trying to destabilize our government and global alliances that resist him. Where will we be in another 18 years???