Thursday, September 10, 2015


September 11, 2001.

The day the twin towers in New York city were attacked by terrorists in airplanes and brought down.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of that horrible day but those who died are not forgotten.

On the grassy lawn between the Prescott Valley Civic Center and the Police Station, three thousand flags are flying.

It is called the Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona.

Each flagpole has a card attached with the name of one of the victims.

Only one came from my home state of North Dakota.

This is her card.

I never knew Ann but she came from my hometown and was the daughter of someone I grew up with.

I have sought out her card before and spent a moment at her flag.

You may have noticed the boots at the base of some of the flags. They are placed to remember firemen who died when the towers collapsed.

The display is put up by volunteers every year to allow people to commemorate the lives lost in the tragedy.

As President Roosevelt said of December 7th, 1941 when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, "it was a day that shall live in infamy."

September 11th, 2001 was another such day.


joeh said...

Not just the loss of so many innocent lives, but also a wake up call that evil still exists and we need to fight it.

L Lewis said...

What a well done post, Bruce.

The Bug said...

What an awesome memorial...

Jager said...

There was a young chef from South Florida, flew to NY to interview for a job at the "Windows of the World" restaurant on 9/11. Friends of ours knew his parents.

Should Fish More said...

Our world was so changed by that day we'll never be quite the same. Not only the sorrows it brought, but also the changes to our everyday lives.

quilteddogs said...

This is so great! I had no idea they did this in PV.

Stephen Hayes said...

A poignant reminder that we need to stay vigilant and watch out for one another.

Tom Cochrun said...

Touching. It is for our age to remember 9/11. It will eventually gather time and become like December 7, an historic date to generations who do not feel its sting and pain as did those who lived through it. Time!