I was torn about what you can really say today, eleven years later. Part of me doesn’t think I have the right to say something because I was abroad and far from Washington and New York at the time. DC is my home and I wasn’t here on possibly its single most defining day, at least in my memory. Part of me doesn’t think I can give it the gravity it needs; part of me thinks that remembering events of this magnitude are actually a personal thing…and part of me, now that we’re the first anniversary past ten, has moved on a little bit – it’s the normal passage of time. I think today’s Washington Post article captures this dueling sentiment beautifully in their article on “Turning a Corner”. Even the fact that the memorial in New York is now living, breathing and open (pictured above) is something reassuring to me in terms of permission to go ahead, the memory is permanent.
As the day went on found that there are so many others more eloquent than I that seem to capture so many different things this day can be about, including being positive about the future and all the great things we have to offer. Last year, I curated a set of photos for Kirtsy showing that you can remember and be hopeful at the same time, and I think that about sums it up for me. So today, I’ll turn it over to the ladies that capture what this day is about in their own way:
- Mrs. Lillien shows how to remember and observe like a lady
- Leslie writes what it’s like to celebrate your birthday in New York right after 9/11…and meet the love of your life
- Oh Joy has taken this day as a step forward to remember by making other people happy – see her first gorgeous video with just the right pop of color
- Pay tribute to all of New Yorks’ great movies with a Note to Self”s movie collage
Photo via the Gothamist.