A visit to New York City is always an exciting time for me. The sights and sounds of the city intrigue me. On a trip in 2016 Chris and I visited the 9/11 Memorial . It was a sobering visit. I can honestly say that I have never visited a museum that was as quiet as this museum was. I have never written a post about it because I could not do it justice. At the same time I know that images and words can trigger a lot of emotions and I want to respect that. Today is a day to remember and I don’t want to take away from that one bit. But I did want to share one of the things that I saw there that day with my readers again.
The people that have worked so hard to make this museum and memorial a reality have worked incredibly hard to make it a true memorial to those who lost their lives as a result of the actions of that day. In my mind they have succeeded.
There were several areas that really struck me and one of those was the National Tribute Quilt. I love quilts and know that they are great ways to tell a story. This one is no different.
I honestly stood and looked at this quilt for longer than any other exhibit in the memorial museum.
More than 3, 500 squares adorn this work of art.
The detailed quilt blocks each made by individuals who had a passion to honor someone moved me.
The names and patriotic symbols were beautiful depictions of how much these individuals cared about those that have been memorialized.
I wondered if those that made the squares cried over them as they made them.
I wondered if when they got together to quilt it, to put the blocks together and bind the quilt what the atmosphere of the room was like.
Were they quiet and reflective? Or were they able to go about doing the work of putting the quilt together without thinking about the seriousness of the work they were doing?
I love how each and every block is different on this masterpiece.
I wonder how many eyes have seen this quilt and wept like I did?
It may be only made of fabric and thread but it is much more than that, isn’t it? A sobering but beautiful reminder of the events of that day in 2001. Thank you to those 4 women in Pennsylvania who spearheaded this project and saw it through from start to finish.