|September 11 memorial, Putnam Valley, New York. 9-11-16|
|Steel Girder from World Trade Center - South Carolina State Museum|
And not just Americans. Hundreds of citizens of other countries died on our soil that day. That's an important thing to remember - we were not alone in our suffering. The suffering has continued daily, for all these years - thousands and thousands from all over the world.
As someone who grew up in New York City, I was connected to many who suffered losses that day. Eleven alumni of my high school died at the World Trade Center, including Ari Jacobs. This People magazine interview piece interviews both Jacob's widow and his now-teenaged son Gabi, born six days after the attack. (More on Gabi below).
When I think of September 11, I think of someone who had worked at my company. This man lost his son (and, several years later, his other son died by suicide). It wasn't just a son who worked in the North Tower who died that day.
By no stretch of the imagination was my suffering anything like the suffering of those directly affected. Many of my readers have their own, powerful stories. Today, let us come together to continue our healing process.
Music has a powerful ability to provide a message, and to heal. Here are some 9/11 related songs I'd like to share with you.
I will start with a song that's now a classic - Alan Jackson with "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)".
My son, some years ago, introduced me to a group called Dream Theatre. This live version of the song, Sacrificed Sons, talks about the 9/11 attacks (note, this is a long video).
The Rising - Bruce Springsteen
This, the first song by a group My Chemical Romance, was written by a witness to the attack on the World Trade Center and the fall of the twin towers.
For the final song, I'd first like to quote from the interview above with Gabi, the son of someone from my high school who died on 9/11, as described above. “Some people believe in God or the greater power,” says Gabi “I believe that the ones close to you that we’ve lost are there to help you, watching every step you take.”
Gabi and his mother also described, in the above interview, how they would scream out the words to the Imagine Dragons song "Demons". I thought I would end this blog post with Gabi's choice of song.
Come join this blog hop and help us commemorate this day many of us will remember for the rest of our lives.
Join this #MusicMovesMe blog hop every Monday - here are the people responsible for it:
X mas Dolly is the Conductor of this trip, and the other Conductors are her fellow bloggers Callie of JAmerican Spice, ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥ and Cathy from Curious as a Cathy.