There She Stands


Today marks the Thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country on september eleventh of 2001. For me, like countless others, this day is permanently etched into my mind and like most I remember the exact moment it unfolded. For me it was a crystal clear fall day out in the country photographing blue morning glories on a farm, when the radio began to crackle with hints of something unspeakable. I recall driving as fast as I could to get to a television and being glued to it for days. Take a moment today to think of and pray for those who were lost that day, and especially their families who were left to cope with such heartbreak.

Every anniversary of this event, I find myself watching the documentaries on television and each and every time I am instantly taken back to that moment and overcome with a sense of deep despair, and I can’t begin to imagine the heartache for those who never got the chance to hold their loved ones again. I have never been to the twin towers memorial, but I have been to the Shanksville crash site in Pennsylvania and while it is not an over the top memorial, I can definitely say it is a place of quiet reflection that really hits you. I felt this Angel statue from a cemetery in New York was a fitting image for today. It is among my favorite infrared images that I have shot. If you have a moment and care to hear Michael W. Smiths tribute song  to 9-11 called ”There she stands”, I posted a link here.

Michael W. Smith – There She Stands – YouTube

10 responses to “There She Stands

  1. My husband and I have heard that song ..,well most all of Michael W. Smiths songs…I too remember exactly where I was..Being a school cafeteria worker, I was preparing to leave for work, when on the t.v there breaking forth on most all stations.. stood the smoking twin tower, then the second one.. I almost could’t believe or process the realization,the shock the heartbreaking sadness of what I was seeing and hearing before me… finally when I could collect myself enough to move.. I rushed on to school because those there who were already at work had no way to know the sadness ,awfulness of what was unfolding in our nation that very minute,.. We so agree with you the importance and love in remembering them in prayer, that day , and onward ..One family of one young man that was on the plane that you visited the crash site of,especially touched my heart, along with them all .. reading their stories after, .. the Todd Beamer Family..

      • Thank you for sharing your experience as well.Someday I hope to visit the memorial museum and see some of the things there.I saw a special last night that had a guy who took the last elevator ride to the lobby just as the first plane hit.On a side note, I also just photographed a lady who was the coroner at the nickel mines Amish tragedy who will be speaking locally,and that anniversary is coming up next month.Both events are very sad and with nickel mines I cant begin to fathom the memories of what she saw and what she went through in her job.

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