Thursday, September 11, 2014


By Gemma Cleanslate

September11, 2001 is a day of remembrance in the USA . The  towers came down one after the other following the attack of two airliners deliberately aimed aimed at the twins that stood high above New York City. Another airliner was crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia and another fell from the sky in a field in Pennsylvania, instead of making it to another destination to destroy. There will be memorials held that day in those sites and in other places to recall to mind the 2977 who perished that day. There will be a reading of all the names,  by relatives or friends or volunteers.  

In the early days of SL there were many lovely memorials on various regions and events to mark the day. As time passes, they have become fewer, as is to be expected . However, one that has continued year after year to give anyone who wishes to participate in a memory is that from Aero Pines. Every year the Cindy Bolero of  Aero Pines, with helpers reconstructs the two towers. Outside there are fire engines standing . at the entrance you can acquire fire outfits and paraphernalia and climb the stairs to the top. It is fitting for that Region to do this since it is the home of Fire and Rescue Squad . It is raised especially in memory of all the firefighters who perished trying to rescue people from the buildings that day.  I have visited every year, donned the outfit and climbed all the stairs to the top.I invite you to go and take the climb.

Another region that has not let go of remembering is at Stagg Island. Fazz (Fazio Magic) the owner put out this statement, “As the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches we offer SL residents a location for reflection and solace to pray or spend respectful time to remember those precious lives lost that day.   The owner and residents of Stagg Island are very proud of the 9/11 Memorial, so much so that the creator, Fazio Magic, dedicated it to all SL residents.   The memorial is open 24 / 7 / 365.  This is a place of honor, respect and reverence.  Join us to pay homage to those people whose names are memorialized on these walls.” 

There will be a musical commemoration at the memorial on the 11th at 8am SL time and again at 7pm SL time and possibly one at noon that day depending on the attendance. The wall is covered with the names of all those who perished on the ground or in the air. It is a beautiful creation with peaceful surroundings. A place to contemplate.
Join with all of us who still remember in spirit . 

Gemma Cleanslate

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