We Will Never Forget

This past Monday my daughter Tiffani and I 
visited the 9/11 Memorial Site 
in New York City. 


The 9/11 Memorial features two enormous waterfalls 
and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, 
set within the footprints 
of the original twin towers. 


The names inscribed on the North Pool 
represent those who perished in the 
World Trade Center North Tower,  
those on Flight 11 and the six people 
who died in the February 1993 
attack on the World Trade Center.  
The names inscribed on the South Pool 
represent those who perished in the Pentagon
and on Flights 175, 77 & 93.  
Also represented on the South Pool are 
all of the first responders who gave their lives
 helping others in the 9/11 tragedy.   

All of the names were void of decoration 
except for one flower, a beautiful calla lily, 
placed within the name David S. Lee.  
Calla lilies symbolize being somber and grave.   
The lone flower sent the simple 
yet profound message 
that someone who once loved him 
will never forget.

On the day before the 11th anniversary of 9/11, 
the mood at the Memorial Site was sober.  
 Some people seemed very reflective,  
some were incredibly sad.  
We were surrounded by hundreds 
of other people but I don't remember 
hearing anyone speak. 

Amongst the sadness, we saw reminders of hope, 
like the "Survivor Tree".   

 This pear tree became known 
as the "Survivor Tree" after sustaining 
 extensive damage, but living through 
the September 11 attacks.  
In October 2001, this tree with it's 
lifeless limbs, snapped roots and blackened trunk 
was discovered and freed 
from the piles of smoldering rubble 
in the plaza of the World Trade Center. 


After leaving the Memorial we went to 
the 9/11 Visitor's Center.  
We started to watch a video 
about the 9/11 victims and survivors.  
Tiffani decided to walk away but I chose to stay, 
tears rolling down my face.   
A young man who lost his mom on 9/11 
was being interviewed.  
He talked about how badly 
his heart still hurts and how much 
he misses her every single day.  

He will never forget.

Those of us who were not directly affected 
by the tragedy on 9/11 
don't have that same ache in our hearts.  

Yet still, we will never forget.



  1. No, we will never forget. And I remember the day you and Nick took us there. The tears shed in the church. Thank you for taking us and for sharing this.

  2. This is a wonderful tribute