We for the most part steered clear of the 9/11 Memorial sites, however that doesn't mean we couldn't feel the ever-present reminders of the tragedy of tragedies. The city and its people are no doubt healing, but the commemoration of the horrific event of course causes the grief to resurface. I only viewed Ground Zero from afar, and I choked up. And if someone like me, who was so geographically removed from the horror, can feel the need to sob out loud, I can only imagine what those close to the hub of horror or those who lost someone feel like day in and day out. Here are three photos I took while there. The one of the city at night, you can barely make out the light of the Twin Towers, but I was excited to see that it came out at least a bit.
The following is a post as part of Project 2996. I've tweaked it a bit, after having received a book called "REQUIEM: Images of Ground Zero" in the mail from Gary's sister, Christine, after she read my blog post. (Christine, if you ever read this, thank you sooooo much for sending it to me...it had gone to an old address of mine, but it ended up getting to me a bit later!!!)
Just because Sept. 11 has passed for this year, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't keep in mind every day how very fragile life is. I would appreciate all of you to read below and think for a moment about the man whose name I was given, and the 2,995 others whose names are just as important, including those on United Flight 93 that went down by Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, near my husband's hometown.
As part of Project 2996, I would like to shine a light on one man of whom, until yesterday, I had never heard…but now after reading about him and hearing the memories of those he left behind, I understand how important it is that he is remembered. That he is honored. Now, nine years later. And thereafter.
His name is Gary P. Geidel, and he was a fireman for New York City Fire Department. He was one of 10 in his company who died in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. He was 44.
Please remember Gary P. Geidel.