In 2006, I went on a 15 state two week vacation. A lot of traveling, but I also saw America in a new light. As an American there is a time, I believe, in our present history that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. 9-11 changed us and after visiting New York, I saw first hand how it has united a city. Ground Zero still holds an eerie silence in a city of noise. It is a somber place with make shift memorials on every corner. And it is a place that united a city - where I experienced first hand the helpful nature of its people. New York has a bad reputation, by those who haven't been there. After our week in the area, I better understand the brotherhood/sisterhood of man.
New Yorkers don't care if you speak English or Spanish or anything else. They'll find a way to communicate and help each other. We can all say we are in this together, but after walking the streets of New York, it was the first time, I truly felt that way.
I was born and raised in the New York area, but I hadn't been home in close to 20 years, prior to that visit. What I saw was a unity and humility I never dreamed of
and it made me proud to say that the area is part of my roots.
somber thoughts… still some tears
twins are gone… lives forever changed
skyline just not the same
somehow we carry on
see trucks moving...
and jackhammers blaring
and you know… someday…
towers will rise again
makeshift memorials surround the walks
you can feel the horror… and the pain…
from a time not long ago
those towers were once...
a place of business
now a symbol of unity
a place of honor… where we became one
New Yorkers know the hurt first hand
and they share the memories of that day
with visitors… who’ll never understand
the full impact of 9-11
the screams… the deafening sounds
of buildings collapsing around them
it affected us all
but you can still see the pain...
in the face of the police officer…
the construction worker…
and the homeless lady on the corner
it changed a nation…
and gave a city… a new life
a new purpose…
a respect for each other…
because we’re all in it together