We were introduced to the Healing Fields in Tempe a couple years ago by a friend. It’s an exhibit of flags representing each person who lost their life on September 11. It’s on display for several days leading up to September 11 and we’ve been able to attend the last couple years.
The display is powerful on so many levels. Each flag has a name card describing the person it represents. We like to meander through the flags reading the name cards and learning about so many lives – both young and old.
And a good reminder of a tragic event that seems so distant to my kids but yet in my mind it seems so clear. We visited the flags with friends and each one of us could recall the exact events of that day 18 years ago with detail and clarity. I had just started college the week before and Steve was on his mission in a foreign country.
I remember every thing about that day. I remember.
Although my kids weren’t alive – I want them to remember. Visiting these grounds each year is one way we’re teaching them to remember.