I still have no better tributes than those I have from past years so I present this one here today.
I turn on the TV and watch as the plane slowly flies into the Tower.
Hail Mary, full of grace
My daughter wanders downstairs, shoes in hand,
Turns to look at what has me transfixed on a weekday morning.
The Lord is with thee.
"Where is that, Mommy?" she asks.
Blessed are you among women
"New York," I answer. She nods. The name is familiar,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
"Do we know anyone there?" Her eyes are blue and full of innocent concern.
"No," I answer, thinking of friends, family, business associates, safe here.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
She has seen the green glass tower where I work,
Tucked amongst taller builders.
Pray for us sinners
But a skyscraper in one city looks much like one in the next.
"Where's the tallest building in the United States?"
And at the hour of our death.
My daughter looks relieved.
I remember that day and how horrible it was.
I also remember the many accounts and how moved I was by the heroism showed by so many. Looking back through my accumulated links, it moves me still.
One of those heroes was Captain Daniel O'Callaghan, 42, Smithtown, N.Y., whose tribute I wrote for Project 2996. I am reposting Captain O'Callaghan's tribute today.
Other good links from previous tributes:
- Heather Ordover from CraftLit has one of the most moving memories of being in 9/11. She links to it in this 10 Years' Later piece where she ponders forgiveness. You'll find it at Patheos.com too.
- Deacon Greg's Homily for Sunday, 9/11
- Four Ways to Brooklyn
- Simply Evil by Christopher Hitchins
- New York from French Sampler
- 9/11 Dwarfed the Films About It by Roger Ebert
- Twin Tower Cameos
- Never Forget
- The Worst Day
- On Being Half a World Away
- Whispers in the Loggia
- How Long Do Some Remember Historical Dates?
- Patheos' 9/11 stories