From Georgia to New York We Remember…
Staff reflections from a visit to Ground Zero
The memorial at Ground Zero spoke to us in a whisper.
Hundreds of names that could not be put to faces peered through engravings towering above pools pouring water. The depth of the pools seemed to go on and on into the core of the Earth, into the core of our country. And the hurt, the failure to comprehend the attack, to fathom its reality – all evaporated.
The reverence of being an American was crippling. The smoke was gone. The ruins had long been cleared, but the hole was still there, over every American, following them to work, at home.
The whisper that these faceless names seemed to say asserted a statement of boldness. It asserted resurgence.
America would continue, would build a better world from our loss. But America would never forget. And the memorial, embedding itself into the city and into America’s hearts, is the center of pain and a forward step. It is America moving forward and looking back.