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On September 11, 2001 I was driving to work when I heard about the first plane hitting the World Trade Center. By the time I got to work and upstairs to my desk the second plane had hit. I remember being stunned, and numb, and incredibly sad that day. We all sat around our office that day talking about what was happening to this country, what it all meant and listening to the news on our computers. The one thing I remember most about that day was how eerily quiet the phones were. I was an insurance claims adjuster and my phone was never quiet. From the moment I sat down at my desk to the moment I walked away at the end of the day my phone was constantly ringing. But, on that day I got maybe 2 phone calls. The events of the day made an insurance claim seem unimportant. I will never forget that quiet. I never heard it again.

Yesterday, we did our part to honor and remember those who lost their lives on that fateful day. We visited Art Hill in Forest Park, which was adorned with 2996 American flags, one for each of the individuals that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Each flag pole carried the name, age, and where they lost their lives, some had pictures of the person as well, of a person who died in the events of that day. It was a sad and wonderful sight.

It truly was breathtaking to see all those flags blowing in the wind and to think what it would have looked like if each one was a person. It was a beautiful way to honor and remember those who didn’t make it home to their families. As Maya ran among the flags I thought about those families and hoped they had found some healing.

Just as I will never forget the eerie silence of my phone on September 11, 2001, I will never forget the sight of 2996 flags blowing in the breeze on Art Hill on September 11, 2011.

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