See the full report: “Faith, Freedom, and Memory: Report From Ground Zero, September 11, 2010.”
I took hundreds of pictures. I’m still going through them, and will post more later. It’s hard to describe just how meaningful it was for me to travel to New York to cover the event on my blog, but mostly just to be there in solidarity with families of the fallen. A tremendously life-affirming experience. As seen below: (1) One World Center, the Freedom Tower, is rising to the sky. It’s about one-third constructed. Seeing that cement and steel tower going up was one of the most important images for me. It shows how we are recovering, at long last, despite so much lingering pain. (2) That’s the Park51 Center, where the Cordoba Mosque will be built (at right). Police blocked off the street to prevent violence and vandalism; (3) That’s the New York Stock Exchange. A large contingent of 9/11 truthers marched on the financial district chanting “Wall Steet War! Wall Street War!” They hate America. Forget them, those creeps. My breath was taken away when I saw that flag; (4) A gentleman protests at Pamela Geller’s SIOA rally; and 5) Geert Wilders gave a emotional yet rousing speech. I’m so glad I was able to be there.
Be sure to check the whole essay. More later.