On 9.11.2001, I was in bed in my NYC flat on 24th and 6th. Every time this date comes around my body and my mind flashback. . . many of the feelings and memories so scary that I want to put them back in a box and never remember again.
This past Friday (9.9.11) at 7 p.m., I took the Staten Island Ferry into Manhattan because I wanted to get a close-up view of all that was rising around Battery Park and World Trade Center. . . to hold onto "strength" and "courage" that are the backbone of everything I do today.
While on the Ferry, I see these flashing lights. . . out on the water. . . a Coast Guard, gun-ready escort was along side. My body and mind started going into panic and my friend, who was with me, asked if I wanted to turn around and go back home.
I am really proud of myself that I did not let my inner-panic take hold of me, and continued to use the strength to stand tall, and take a walk of remembrance up to the Freedom Tower. . . the things I witnessed. . . the rebuilding of what was once beaten down. . . gives me strength to find the power to keep fighting no matter the cause. . . below are pictures and videos of the things I saw. I will never forget those whom are now only with me (us) in spirit, who lost their lives on this day. My heart goes out to the men and women of our armed forces, first responders, and those who lost someone dear to them. We are prevailing! United we stand!
|Statue of Liberty|
|NYC Skyline - Heading into Manhattan|
|Remembrance Field of Honor Flags|
|The Honor Flags|
|Walking up to the Freedom Tower|
|Honor Flags (at night fall) on the walk back to the Ferry|
Video of the Fountain in Battery Park (where the Honor Flags wave in Glory)
|Freedom Tower from the Ferry. . . . at night fall|