Eleven years

Warped steel girder from the World Trade Center-- part of the September 11 Memorial at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside/Springfield

The closer you are to Manhattan, the more people you can find who were directly affected by September 11, 2001.

Names of those killed. Click for full size.

At the time, I was living about two hours south of Manhattan. I personally didn’t know anyone who was killed, but— six degrees of separation— it seemed like everybody knew somebody who’d lost a spouse, a brother, a mother, a son.

A new world is possible: be the change

Near New Providence, every day the commuter trains are crammed with what I call “Wall-Street-types.” Eleven years ago… I wonder what it would’ve been like. I’m glad I don’t know firsthand.

The September 11 memorial in context

Today, there is a memorial ceremony being held at Echo Lake Park’s September 11 memorial, where these photos were taken. The memorial’s two rusty monuments were created from twisted steel girders from the World Trade Center itself.

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