Friday, September 10, 2021

Remembering on the 20th anniversary of 9/11


Waiting for the Call-Engine 14
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

So hard to believe that 20 years have passed since that beautiful, sunny day when unspeakable tragedy struck our nation and New York, my hometown. I still remember so vividly listening to the radio when the news suddenly shifted from the usual traffic reports and weather to the unbelievable event taking place downtown at the World Trade Center. This past week I've been thinking of my friends who worked or lived downtown and the stories they told of their experiences. I was at home and immediately called my friend Martha, told her to turn on her TV, and together we spoke and then watched as the second plane hit the second Tower.  

Those brave men and women of the FDNY are much in my thoughts today. As people were trying to escape the Towers, New York's Bravest headed up the stairs carrying their loads, doing what they were trained to do, looking to save lives. Ultimately so many were lost that day who were at the WTC and vicinity.  All the families and friends left behind, trying to comprehend what had happened and figuring out how to move on from this unspeakable tragedy.

New York has risen from the ashes time and time again. For all those who perished, we will never forget. 

This recent small painting is of Engine 14 on 18th Street in Manhattan. Another beautiful, sunny day, waiting for the call.

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