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- Nov 28, 2017
- Traverse City, Michigan USA
The 911 Memorial in Traverse City is still a work in progress. Located in the backyard of a local fire station it's a small, quiet corner to pause and remember, especially now, those who lost their lives during the attack on that September morning. I pulled in here this morning after all the events that have permeated the news this last week to pay my respects. It's the least I can do. Nestled in the shadow of the local airport, the memorial's ghosts scream with the roar of the commercial jet engines arriving and leaving the nearby runways. Perhaps this location was chosen to give them voice.
The memorial is not completed. The walkways and trails are still being laid with pavers and benches bearing the victims names and donors who contribute to making the memorial possible. In it's current state it is hard to get an image void of the construction distractions that steal from it's hallowed sanctity. I framed this broken girder of the World Trade Center to include the tree in the background whose trunk was snapped in half by one of nature's vicious storms. Both stand to remind us how vulnerable we are. What and who is there today can be gone tomorrow just as quickly as the WTC, and that lone tree.
Before I left I laid my palm on the surface of the steel. I'm glad I did.