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.
Thank you. I live just outside NYC. Our village lost dozens of wonderful people that day. You personally taking the time to make sure your children remember 911 touches my heart. Thank you!
Hello! Thank you for your sweet message. I want you to know we spent three days (Sunday through Tuesday) talking about the events of September 11th. We showed videos, listened to voicemails from panicked passengers, we looked through pictures. Our kids asked questions and we answered.
I know to our children it seems like we’re a world away from this event. But we’re doing what we can to teach them and our hope is one day to get them to New York where they can really feel of the spirit of those people who lost their lives and have an even deeper appreciation for this day. Have a beautiful and reflective day!