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Remembering 9/11 on the bridge

September 11, 2012

Whenever I drive to work, I cross a bridge going over highway I-69, a bridge that many people pass under or over each day as they enter or leave Indianapolis. Every September 11, about five or six people show up on this bridge. They park their cars on the grassy circles of the highway interchange, and they erect an arch of American flags in the center of the north side of the bridge.

This year, as I drove to work, I wondered, “Will they be here this year? Will they spend their day standing in the sun by the flags?” I wondered this as I drove nearer and nearer the bridge. I wondered if perhaps now that it’s the 11th year since the tragedy that they would be done — maybe practicing their tradition for 10 years was enough. At first I couldn’t see them, but then there they were, flags fluttering wildly. And, as always, my throat tightened, and I had to blink rapidly a few times, for their loyalty as well as for the victims and the heroes of 9/11.

Of course it wasn’t enough.

It will never be enough.

We will always remember.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2012 3:27 pm

    Your remembrance gives me goose-bumps. I will never forget that day. Dad was a WWII veteran. He passed away about two years before the towers went down. Tragedies often bring incongruous thoughts. First, “this can’t be real.” On the heels of that thought, I’m so glad Dad isn’t here to see this happen to our innocent people.”

    Kisses to you for the way you honor all those who were sacrificed.

    P.S. I found you through one of my blogs ( Thanks for visiting.

    • September 14, 2012 11:22 am

      Thank you for stopping by. It was also a pleasure to swing by your blog and read on such an interesting and personal topic.

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