A memorial to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
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September 11, 2001 2996 people were brutally and senselessly murdered. Twenty miles north of what has become known as ground zero, we watched in disbelief and horror. We watched as the planes crashed into the towers. We watched as the towers burned and fell and we imagined the fear the panic the horror of those trapped inside those buildings. We watched as thousands of families gathered in the streets clutching photos of their missing loved ones. We watched as the armory walls were plastered with photographs hanging side by side with the faces of the missing. blond hair blue eyes father of three last seen wearing a baseball cap tatoo on right arm birthmark on cheek praying, and clinging to hope against hope that their loved ones would be found. As the days passed, we watched the paper shrivel and curl in the heat and the rain and fall to the ground. We watched as lists of names were compiled, and we wondered Who were all of these people? We wanted more than a list of names. We wanted to see their faces, to learn their age, to hear their stories. We wanted to attempt to understand what it meant to lose 3000 lives. The Flag of Remembrance is our meager attempt at creating a visual understanding of the loss we all endured not only on that day, but for the rest of our lives. There’s no turning back the clock, and we have to move forward but we must also remember. Our world is a different place than it was before 9/11. Our world has a gaping hole the size of 3000+ lives that were filled with hopes and dreams forever unfulfilled. Our hope for the Flag is that the families of the victims will find it to be a dignified and compassionate memorial to their loved ones and that it might bring them some measure of comfort. For those who were not directly affected our hope is that it gives you reason to pause and reflect on all those who lost their lives and all those who have been so deeply affected by their passing. And for or all of us our hope is that it helps to shift the focus from the lurid images we all shared on that tragic day to the beautiful faces of those who are no longer with us. As you view the Flag, take a moment look into these beautiful faces imagine who they were, and what might have been and promise them their families and yourself that you will not forget.
Mindy Kombert- Dedication of the Flag at the Chappaqua Library 9/11/04