Saturday, October 1, 2011
Floral Park: Small town America connected to the world
This picture was taken on a glorious sunny day in September of this year. I was there the week of 9/11/11 when this was first installed. The day this picture was taken, passersby were stopping to ask what it is, what it means. This steel arrived in the Village of Floral Park in April of this year. You can find pictures of that day on the Floral Park Fire Department page here.
It is steel from the World Trade Center, the target of terrorists on 9/11/2001. That attack was IN New York, in America, but just as the reverberations of that murderous attack were felt around the world, so, too, is the steel that remains installed in Memorials around the world. It is also an integral part of the USS New York.
Today is the dedication of this Memorial in Floral Park, and the people of this small town America will stand in solemn ceremony to honour and remember their own who gave their all on that terrible day. Just as on the day the above picture was taken - when parents were explaining to their children the significance of this Memorial - so now it stands for all time. Future generations of residents of this small town America will pause and reflect on a day that changed our world forever.
I can't be there in person, but my heart IS there today, just as it is every day.