9/11 memorial New York

9/11 memorial: an abyss of grief and loss

One World Trade Center 9/11 memorial New York

We recently visited New York travelling all the way from Sydney, Australia. We felt like fish out of water! New Yorkers would tell me they loved my accent and some even wished they lived in Sydney. Visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York took my breath away, the void symbolising the grief and loss, water cascading into an abyss. You can read the names on the 9/11 memorial in New York here.

9/11 memorial
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Photo by Ben Lei on Unsplash
Father of a firefighter who died in 9/11

Meanwhile, as we were reading the names of the fire fighters that had died, a man polishing the monument told us his son had died that terrible day. His son was a New York City fire fighter and it was his first day on the job. As a result, he now spends hours every day polishing the monument in memory of him. In addition, he showed me photos of his son as a child and his excitement at becoming a firefighter. I hugged him and we both cried, for his son and for all of the people who never made it home that day.

After that, this beautiful man told me that Australians wear their hearts on their sleeve and openly share their sadness with him. Certainly, I will never forget you, or your son, or the unborn babies and mothers and all of the victims of 9/11.

The ‘Survivor Tree’ of hope

Most importantly, to those left behind, we send you our love stretching from all parts of the globe. Furthermore, we hope for a world where nobody has to experience that pain ever again. I think of you and all who have suffered loss from 9/11. Above all, I cling to hope that the tree that survived 9/11 is a sign to us all. In conclusion, let’s hope for a safer world for our children.Similarly may we never forget those who are gone.

9/11 Memorial
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