Friday, September 11, 2009

In Memory - September 11, 2001

We have come to the 8th year since that fateful day. That is more years, than two of my children, have celebrated birthdays. And like on the days that they were born, I remember ever minute detail, as though it were yesterday.

I wrote about what I was doing when I heard the news. You can read that post here.

My heart always feels heavy on this day. I feel sorrow for those that were lost and the families that lost them. That day changed many of the ways I look at things. It changed me.

I had a hard time dealing with the aftermath, as many Americans did. I was paranoid. I was scared. I had been trying to conceive my second child and now, I wasn't so sure I wanted to proceed. Did I want to bring another child into this world?

I didn't know what to do with myself. I needed to work through it. As I am a creative person by nature, I began to search for photos on the Internet. I then compiled them into a photo memorial that I set to music.

The first time I watched it in it's entirety, I cried. And cried.

I released my pent up anxiety. And then I got pissed. I wasn't going to let them win. I pulled up my Granny panties and flipped them the finger.

I now watch my video every year on this date. I have saved copies for my children. I would like to share it with you.

(YouTube wouldn't allow me to upload it as one video. I have broken it down into each section. I also want to apologize for the quality.)

Part 1 shows the devastation of that day; the reactions and the mourning. It also shows how the world banded together to offer support.

Part 2 is a memorial of many of the lives lost.

Part 3 is a montage of artwork from children. Through this art and their eyes you can see how September 11 affected them. (Again, I apologize as the music is a bit shaky.)

And finally, Part 4 is a dedication to all of the Police, Firemen, Military, and Medical Personnel that risked their lives to do what they do best.

We Will Never Forget!


marymac said...

Nice post. I wrote one today too-with a heavy heart. But as bloggers, it would be tough to write about anything else on this day.

Michele said...

Good work, and very nice tribute.

Baloney said...

I am tapped out emotionally. I watched some but had to stop. After attending a funeral for an 8 year old today and my close friend and babysitter losing their best friends - there is just too much pain surrounding us today.
Thank you for the beautiful reminder and tribute.

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I got some serious chills from these. Wow. Beautiful work. Really nice job. I love to do stuff like this but never really have the chance. I'm so glad you did and posted it!