Septembrance

September 11 is a kind of Remembrance Day. We remember the fallen. We remember everyone who lost someone or something on that day. People went to work and lost their lives. Families lost loved ones. We lost a bit of innocence.

I will always remember that morning. Before then I had no knowledge of terms such as Al Qaeda, bin Laden, weapons of mass destruction, and little knowledge of terms like terrorism-—words now firmly entrenched in our mental dictionaries. At work hundreds of miles and half an ocean away from New York City I had been busy clacking away on my computer while participating on and off in morning conversations that float over partitions that separate office workers. Most of it useless chit-chat with the occasional work-related information flung in for good measure. Then during a lull, we could hear—and pretend not to be listening to—snippets of a coworker’s anxious telephone conversation.

A plane hit the tower?

Heads popped up over the petition, now unabashedly waiting for information to be relayed from the telephone source to our coworker. A radio was tuned to a local station for the news and computer searches generated additional information.
We all have memories of that day, some as personal as being covered in the dust that fell while escaping the City (http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20110909/NEWS/709099997) while others gleaned knowledge from journalists at the scene.

Ten years later, wandering through the quiet beauty of the Botanical Gardens in Bermuda, 772 miles from the World Trade Center site, visitors encounter a Memorial linking the tragedy in the United States with the people of Bermuda. Bearing a piece of the Twin Towers (the diamond in the center of the cross), the spot reminds residents and visitors of those precious souls, including two Bermudians, who lost their lives in the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack:

*Rhondelle Tankard, 31

*Boyd Gatton, 38

September 11 Memorial

The Memorial, dedicated on 11 September 2007, by Gregory Slayton, former United States Consul to Bermuda, and his wife, Marina Slayton, reaffirms the bond that links Bermuda, the United States and the United Kingdom. “Bonds of love and sacrifice, honor and courage, democracy and civilization.”

Memorial Plaque

Never Forget

Their names will never be forgotten.

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