On August 11, 2001, I was in NYC with a couple of my besties. We had just bought tickets for Broadway in one of the Twin Towers. I walked out into the “mall” area between the buildings and looked up and snapped my all-time favorite photo on my Pentax 645 film camera from that trip. Unbeknownst to me, exactly one month later those buildings would crumble. Seventeen years later I finally got to see the memorial from that heartbreaking day of 9/11/01. Walking up and seeing the reflecting pools was moving enough, but standing in line to get in, I was moved again. I looked up, as I did in 2001, and saw this flag flying half-staff in the same place I was then. I had no idea in that moment what was to come on the inside of the memorial. But this vision of the flag flying only half-staff reminded me we are still in an on-going broken world and as much as I pray for all the devastation and sadness to stop, it won’t. We live in a very lost, broken greedy world and our days can’t be lived in fear. That’s letting sin win. Our days must be lived in loving others - even those who seem least worthy of loving. Our world is always still full of beauty in the midst of the most heart-breaking tragedies. Love makes it work that way. ❤️
Há 17 anos atrás aconteceu o maior atentado terrorista aos Estados Unidos da América. Eu era uma criança, porém lembro como se fosse hoje.
Eu pensava como seria possível seres humanos tirarem suas próprias vidas e o direto de viver de pessoas inocentes simplesmente por divergência religiosa, política, territorial e outras coisas.
Terei a resposta algum dia?
Não sei, mas sei que temos um Deus que está acima de tudo!
É impossível chegar nesse memorial e não se emocionar. Um lugar tão lindo, mas ao mesmo tempo tão triste. Tristeza essa que irá repercutir por longos e longos anos!
I was embarrassed because I had hardly known about 9.11. That was, for me, one of the famous foreign major accidents.
And it's very difficult to sympathize people beyond the border. When I saw portraits of deceased people, I ended up sympathizing Japanese people more.