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A Day of Reflection and Looking Forward

By Louis Trapani - Posted on 11 September 2010

As this day draws to a close. Nine years onward since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, I made some observations. First, I must say that I have yet to turn on my television or visit any mainstream news websites or have been exposed to any what I was informed would be taking place in Manhattan today. I suspect some people chose to make this a day for leveraging the election season in one way or another. That is not what I am writing about now.

What is left of a fire truck responding to the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. 

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I choose to use this day to reflect back to what happened 9 years ago and I can't help but think of all the people that woke up that day with plans and expectations of days to come that all came to naught. It is easy to say to ourselves that "there's always tomorrow," when in reality that is not true. All we really have is the here and now.

As I go about my day, I am struck how ordinary it is... that it could be any other day. Which is a good thing really. No, I am not saying we should not remember what the date means and what happened. Rather that it is empowering that it hasn't completely paralyzed us.

So while there is no guarantee of tomorrows to come, it shouldn't stop us from making plans for them, while at the same time we can't take it for granted either. Seize the here and now.

I've included a couple photographs here I have taken in noting today's date. They serve as reminders to myself, perhaps to others as well of heroes fallen and dreams lost. Reminders that I am still here... at least for the here and now. Reminders of the questions: What am I doing? What will I do?

I don't think I knew John A. Sherry, but this struck a cord with me when I found this lone memorial for John in Bay Park facing the sunset. I was the same age as he when he died on 9/11/01. I found this tribute on the net for him. John A. Sherry. © 2009 Louis Trapani

(Top photo: The remains of a fire truck, one of the responders to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Bottom photo: A marker I stumbled upon in Bay Park, NY while photographing the sunset, this memorial faces the bay as the sun sets. The person it memorializes was only several months younger than myself. I could had waited until next year, the 10th anniversary of the events to post these images and comment on them, but there's no guarantee I will be here then, is there?)

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