the moment after...
Here, a little over 16 years ago, a vile, evil, misguided fool did an unspeakable horror. 168 people perished... they were grandparents... mothers and fathers... brothers and sisters... sons and daughters... and even infants not weaned from their mother's breast. I'll not speak his name, it deserves to die as he did...put down like the rabid dog he was.
When this happened the community responded as one. There were many stories of individual heroics... stories of friends and neighbors, businesses, and rescue squads from all over, stopping what they were doing and giving their all in the rescue and recovery effort. There were also many stories of great sorrow.
In the moments after seeing man at his worst... we saw him at his best and there was hope. it was decided a memorial should be built to honor the fallen. its mission statement is below.We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.[link]
Off image opposite of 9:03 stands another Gate of Time labeled 9:01 The moment before...when, if asked, we would have said as one, "It could never happen here."
Well, at 9:02 am it did happen. Violence, ignorance and intolerance were served upon us. A certain naivety was shed in that moment to be replaced by determination to rebuild... to teach...to honor the memories of those gone.
lol, I just meant to post a picture of the memorial with a short descriptor. I find I can not do so.
The following is a Pulitzer Prize winning image from this tragedy. To this day I can not look at this image for more than one second before feeling a wail beginning to form in my throat. Be warned. it is not for the faint at heart.
Know and understand... This is what ignorance and violence begets. [link]
Teach your children well.