Monday, May 13, 2013

Remembering Their Neighbors

All across the country we heard stories of people deeply affected by the events of 9-11. Distance, it seemed, did not diminish. In Santa Fe we met a cop from Boston who, on the morning of September 11, 2001 was standing outside in view of Logan airport, drinking coffee and watching planes taking off. ‘I probably saw the one that was hijacked,’ he told us. His emotions of that day were still evident.

We’d also met many people who only ever saw the images on television, or in magazines. Some might not have ever been to New York, or even left their town or their county. Still, the emotion was there.
What did increase as we neared the east coast was the frequency with which we met people who knew someone, or lost someone, or was there on that day.

Naturally most of these stories came right out of New Jersey and New York. And in so many towns in the New York City area there are memorials dedicated to the citizens of those towns who were lost that day.

So while we ached, mourned and cried as a nation, communities suffered their personal losses.

In Heckscher Park in Huntington, New York lives the memory of 43 neighbors now gone.