|The Healing Fields|
September 11, 2011
As I went about the day, I was able to talk about the events with so many of my customers. Everyone was in shock and there were many tears. By the end of the day I was so numb and I didn't think I could shed another tear. Then I saw my baby; my boys and Rick came home. We hugged and cried and were grateful for each other. Although it had been hard to be a part of the shock and grief of so many, it truly was representative of what was going on all over the country.
What I most remember in the days and weeks following was the sense of unity and patriotism that came over the country. So many people we knew enlisted in the military and many of our friends who served in the Reserves were activated. People seemed to care about each other more. There was an increase in faith and a desire to be more Christlike. How I wish that those feelings of unity and humility remained today. President Thomas S Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wrote a beautiful article about this for the tenth anniversary that appeared in the Washington Post. You may use the link to read the whole article, but here is an excerpt that I found very touching:
Sadly, it seems that much of that renewal of faith has waned in the years that have followed. Healing has come with time, but so has indifference. We forget how vulnerable and sorrowful we felt. Our sorrow moved us to remember the deep purposes of our lives. The darkness of our despair brought us a moment of enlightenment. But we are forgetful. When the depth of grief has passed, its lessons often pass from our minds and hearts as well.
If there is a spiritual lesson to be learned from our experience of that fateful day, it may be that we owe to God the same faithfulness that He gives to us. We should strive for steadiness, and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. It should not require tragedy for us to remember Him, and we should not be compelled to humility before giving Him our faith and trust. We too should be with Him in every season.
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, our family listened to and watched many memorial programs together. The boys shared their feelings of that day with their sisters. It was amazing to me that they too can remember where they were when they first heard the news and began to understand that our nation had been attacked in such a horrific way.
On our way home to La Verkin, Jon suggested we stop in Sandy and visit the Healing Fields. We had done this previously in 2003 and the boys thought it might be a good experience for the girls who were so little at that time. I was truly touched by the stories or thoughts of the individuals that died that day that appeared on each flag. For those who have never been there, an American flag is placed in for each person who died on 9/11. There are also flags representing all the nations that lost citizens that day and another area with Utah flags for each soldier from Utah lost in the war since. The first year we went, Rick and I remember that this portion of the field was for every soldier lost till that point. How humbling it was to see that now the number is so large that it has been limited to Utah soldiers.
|My children in 2003, Healing Fields, Sandy Utah|
|September 11, 2011|
|Hunter with Lela and Emily, July 2005|