Carved in stone- September 11, 2012
I didn’t get the chance to visit the World Trade Center Memorial when I was in New York for BlogHer ’12 last month. My new friends Diana and Rebecca did. I sat in the airport waiting for my flight and saw Diana send out a picture like this one on Instagram.
My stomach flipped and my heart dropped. Why hadn’t I heard about the pregnant women with “and her unborn child” written alongside their names?
Last year on the 10th anniversary of that terrible day I watched the memorial opening on television with the rest of the nation. I believe it’s important to grieve and remember each year. We have to.
This year I will be thinking of all of the victims, but especially the 11 mothers’ names etched into the stone where those incredible buildings once stood. 10 known expectant mothers were killed 09/11/01. (An eleventh died in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and is also part of the memorial.) 10 of those babies were due in late 2001 or early 2002. They would be 10 1/2 now, probably 5th graders. 5th graders who love Justin Bieber and study fractions. They would have mothers. They would have families who couldn’t imagine the horrors of that day. We would be living in a country with less stringent airport regulations and less fear.
Today I mourn those children. I mourn with their families. I mourn our nation that will never be the same.