this is a memorial
The Gates of Time: These monumental twin gates frame the moment of destruction - 9:02 - and mark the formal entrances to the memorial. Reflecting Pool: A shallow depth of gently flowing water soothing wounds, with calming sounds and peaceful setting for quiet thoughts.
Field of Empty Chairs: The 168 chairs stands as a poignant reminder of each life lost, articulated as the absence felt by family members and friends.
Children's Area: A wall of hand-painted tiles sent to Oklahoma City in 1995 by children illustrates their care. in addition, a series of chalkboards creates an opportunity for children to share their feelings - an important part of the healing process.
Rescuers Orchard: Like those who rushed in from far and near to lend a helping hand, this army of fruit and flowering bearing trees surrounds and protects the Survivor's Tree.
The Survivor's Tree: The Survivor's Tree, an American Elm, bears witness to the violence of April 19 and now stands as a profound symbol of human resilience.
The Memorial Fence: The Memorial Fence continues to display items left by visitors, which are dedicated to Family Members, Survivors, and Rescue Workers.
photos from here
It's personal. It's human. It's incredibly touching and moving. It does a much better job of representing both the victims and the tragedy than the NYC memorial could ever hope to obtain.
I love the idea Jeff Jarvis submitted:
This memorial will use video to tell the stories of every person who died on September 11th. With family photos, home movies, and tributes from loved ones – in image and in word – leading news producers and filmmakers will work with families to create films of one- to three-minutes in length about each of the fallen.
I am going to embark on a mission to get Jeff to make his idea happen, even if it isn't the "official" memorial of 9/11.
I think that's the last of my memorial-related posts for now. Sorry for the single-mindedness of the last 24 hours or so.