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flags in Utah. A reverent silence prevails in this eerie representation of
those who died on Sept. 11th. Tracy Walters
Utah remembers the victims of
September 11, 2001
I never heard or saw anything
about this in the media. I was going to the bank when I saw this. I went
home, got my wife Linda, and came back with a camera. Below is my best,
though inadequate, attempt to share the experience with you.....
The above picture was taken on the mall in front of the Sandy, Utah city
hall. Scroll sideways to see the whole thing. I pasted the photos together
to try and help show just how big this thing was, but even with that, the
photos don't do it justice. There was very little publicity about this, but
it was a real traffic stopper. People would park and get out and walk among
the flags. Some brought bundles of flowers and left them at the base of a
flag. Others came together and just hugged each other hard in the silent
memory of the terrible loss that we suffered one year ago. We all know over
3000 people lost their lives, but seeing this display, and walking among it,
helps put perspective on just how big a number that is.
Close up of the one of the signs placed around the perimeter of the display.
There were also some international flags on display representing some of the
various foreign nations whose citizens dies that day. Interestingly, this
whole display was done by a local company that manufactures and distributes
flags and flag display equipment...and I saw not a single sign bearing their
name in the display. People walked through, and all you could hear was the
sound of the flags blowing in the breeze. A reverent silence prevailed over
the display as those who came each reviewed his or her experiences of that
fateful day a year ago.
I saw many families while I was there. It was hard watching adults
struggling to cope with their own emotions while caring for children who
were far too young to understand the significance of the flags around them.
Too the credit of the children, I didn't see any who could not somehow sense
that this was a special place. For a few moments, everyone who came, young
and old, male and female, families, and even a group of mentally handicapped
individuals stopped their busy daily lives to remember. If those who caused
this pain only knew how much stronger we have become, and how terribly their
comrades have paid, and will continue to pay, for this horrible crime, I
wonder if they still would have done what they did.
It's hard to picture mentally just how big this thing is. As I walked among
the rows, I was reminded of rank on rank of soldiers standing at attention,
guarding us even now.
Some brought flowers, small flags, notes etc. The flags didn't have
individual names on them so I don't know how people picked out where they
would leave these tokens as they experienced their own memories and grief.
For anyone who has ever shed a few tears at THE WALL (the Viet Nam Veterans
memorial in Washington DC) or during the changing of the guard at The Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, VA, this display is every bit as moving
in its sheer power to remind those who come of just how deeply we all
experienced the cowardly attack on innocent civilians in our own homeland.
We parked about a block away to get in and experience it up close. We
weren't the only ones as you can see.