after grace and i ran our races(will post pics later) on 9-10-11 we stopped by the patriot memorial. part of it has a piece of steel from the world trade center on display. grace was really impressed by how large the piece was, but also how small it was in comparison to the entire building from which it came.
because of the way the steel was marked during construction of the WTC they were able to document where this particular piece came from.
on the other side of the steel is a fountain with an eternal flame that was lit today. (we stopped by after church to show the big girls that didn't go to the race. i didn't have my camera on me.) behind the fountain are glass panels with the names of all the victims from each location listed on them. also, a timeline of the events of that day are at the bottom of each panel. it was a good way to help grace try to understand what happened on 9-11. i was impressed with her knowledge of what happened that day and her curiosity to learn even more.
today we spent some time watching various shows about what happened on that fateful day. my girls asked me how old they were and what my memories of that day were. sarah was only 3, savannah 9 months and gracie wasn't even thought of yet. because my kids were not in school yet and we had been up late the night before celebrating my father-in-laws birthday i slept through most of the events. mauricio called and woke me up to tell me what was going on. i remember the first thing that came out of my mouth was "no way. i don't believe you." but once i turned on the t.v. it was confirmed. shortly after that, my neighbor, originally from new york, came over with her daughter. we sat there in shock for several hours in awe that something like this was actually happening. it was nice to have another person to be with while such a horrific tragedy unfurled.
i still cannot believe it has been 10 years since that day. i pray we don't take one day for granted and may we never forget.