7/3/06

Remembering Pt. 2

{To read part 1, click here}

Though not stated outright, the article claims that everyone was affected by the September 11 attacks. This implies that we have all been hurt because of the strike. It is only logical to conclude that the warrant is true, for any person who is an American was affected by the attacks. Whether or not we directly lost a loved one, we have all likely gone through some sense of mourning -- four our country, as well as for the loss of our fellow citizens.

The article also reveals to us how our country has banded together to comfort one another and fight terrorism. The pictures support that warrant, for the memorials are preserved by volunteers. After the attacks, news reports aired of how families were helping each other and communities worked to rebuild themselves; stories cropped up everywhere. News stations across the nation (and around the world) publicized the events. Clips circulated depicting people sobbing in the streets -- with comforting hands wrapped around them. Strangers offered consolation to those nearby. On the news, families were interviewed, sharing their heartbreaking stories to America, and she responded. Reports came out of neighborhood communities opening their homes to the unfortunate. 20/20 showed special meetings for those in the grieving process. Clubs and groups were founded specifically for women who had lost their husbands; "Meals on Wheels" programs were begun in an effort to help grieving mothers. I have a commemorative clock depicting three Freedom Fighters working amidst the rubble of the Twin Towers; the statement on the box claims that the net proceeds from the sale of each clock were donated to the September 11th Disaster Relief Funds. It states, in red, white, and blue: "United We Stand." A sense of camaraderie was renewed; there came about a resurgence of patriotism and faith.

Since we all {in the class I was taking at the time} relate to and deal with the military in one way or another, all had something to say of how we were affected by the attacks. Several mentioned the greater sense of appreciation a large number of Americans felt for service members. Pride in our country was renewed; flags were displayed in practically every place imaginable -- in cars and windows, from buildings, and on t-shirts, among other places. Reports came out of how the retention factor (in the military) was at a higher percentage; recruiters had a greater number of people wishing to serve their country. Though we each worry whether someone we know will be called to serve his country in this time of war, I have heard a great many of them express their desire to fight until terrorism has been eliminated.

Though it is unknown if the writer himself has lost a loved one, the picture itself lends ethos to the author's words. Without the photograph, the words would be just that: words on a page. They would lose some of their importance and significance.

These photographs are obviously not written pieces; however, they still utilize the audience's emotions to convey their points. The pictures facilitate a better concept of the loss suffered. After seeing the man, one likely feels a sense of compassion and sympathy. The vivid mural lends a stronger idea of the importance; perhaps, its largeness represents the far-reaching effects of this event. The created cross offers a bit of sentimentality, which contributes to the feelings of patriotism and solidarity.

What exactly is the point of this article? Why are these monuments still standing, two years later {I wonder if they still stand, nearly 8 years later?}?

Are they simply to mark an event in history? Are they there as "token" memorials, set up in an effort to placate the grieving multitude?

The old saying warns: "Memories fade with the passing of time." This is true, to an extent, and that is exactly why these monuments remain -- to remind us, command us: "Never forget! As if we would, or could."

1 comment:

Sherry said...

Wow! Awesome thoughts! Let us never forget! It is hard to believe that it all happened almost 8 years ago and how things have changed since then.