This Thursday is the 13th anniversary of the day we watched in horror as hijacked airplanes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. For many of us, this is a day of memories we really wish that we did not have. Yet although the memories may be painful or scary, it is impossible for us to let the day pass without noticing its unique and dark history.

Revisiting 9/11

The memorial monument, called Reflecting Absence, dedicated to remembering the tragedy of 9/11 opened on Sept 11, 2011. It is a beautiful park with two glorious fountains each surrounded by an unbroken bronze ribbon on which has been incised the names of the victims and first-responders lost in this savage act.

Why we look back

What purpose does this memorial serve more than a decade after such a terrible event? Memorials serve to mark a sacred place or a person of some special character. It provides a place to grieve and to tell stories, to remember. Memorials give us a place to share emotional support; it presents a public display of acknowledgement of life, and honors those lives we mourn. The memorial conveys forever what they stood for and it inspires us deeply.

Reflecting Absence

Even though it was born of an act of terrorism, the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City offers a place to focus our longing for peace. In whatever way you remember, in whatever place you find yourself, I hope this Thursday will be a day of peace and contentment on which you can reflect those ideals of freedom and hope we all cherish, and on any loved ones no longer with you…for whatever reason.