9-11-13 Twelve Years

Twelve years ago today, Abigail was in her second week of kindergarten.  I can’t speak for the rest of the country but I firmly believe that this year’s class of High School seniors in New York City were deeply affected in ways that will play out throughout their lives, both in a lack of trust of the stability of anything and their belief in the innate ability of neighbors and communities to rise to occasions.  In other words deeply conflicted.

As has become a personal tradition, I went to the ceremony held at the Firemen’s Memorial on 100th Street and Riverside Drive overlooking Riverside Park and The Hudson River. Every year they read out the names of the 343 members of the department who lost their lives that day. This year they also spoke of the 76 who have since died of what seem to be WTC site specific illnesses. Of course, thoughts and memories of all the other dead, both those attacked and the other first responders come into the ceremony.

Here are a few views.

Before the ceremony

Before the ceremony

The anthem

The anthem

The reading of the names continues

The reading of the names continues

and continues

and continues

and continues

and continues

A moment of silence at 10:29 to note the collapse of the second Tower

A moment of silence at 10:29 to note the collapse of the second Tower

The names continue

The names continue

Members of all branches of the Armed Forces were in attendance

Members of all branches of the Armed Forces were in attendance

The reading continues

The reading continues

Waiting to play Taps at the end of the ceremony

Waiting to play Taps at the end of the ceremony

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14 responses to “9-11-13 Twelve Years

  1. Great photos. The last one is superb and is so full of emotions. I hadn’t thought of how it would affect high school seniors but you’re right. It’s a different world and they don’t know much else. Childhood wasn’t that much easier in my day but it wasn’t full of fear like today. Maybe I wasn’t as well informed back then.

  2. Please send these pictures to the newspaper asap, especially the one between the flags and the taps man. They are excellent and poignant!

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