This week Dom and I visited the 911 Museum. The visit was more emotional that I had anticipated. I thought that the distance of 14 years would have softened the emotional impact that the terrorist attack had on me that day. But when I went down into the base of that building and saw the artifacts that are on display the fear gripped my heart again. My heart broke in to a million pieces when I heard the numbers and saw the names and here the stories of the people who lost their lives that day. The following photo is a wall dedicated to the people who lost their lives. The quote from Virgil is surrounded by hand painted tiles. Each tile represents a person who died and each tile is painted a different shade of blue to represent the clear blue sky that morning.
Behind that wall is stored the remains of the people who have never been identified. It was a very sobering moment to think about all the many layers of meaning that were being expressed by that wall.
The tour guide reminded us that the purpose of the attack was to cause fear in America and for that fear to separate the citizens of our country from one another. When you go to the museum and look around at the diversity of visitors each quietly and respectfully touring the exhibits you realize the terrorist did not succeed.
So I celebrate today that the Heart of America is Still Beating.
Wishing you a day filled with pride in your country,