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New York, Act 3, Scene 3

March 14, 2013

Several blocks away security is enhanced. Our little group proceeds in lines watched by uniformed guards and police dogs, and we keep tickets and identification in hand. Electronic devices check our bags and persons as we enter the restored area. We have been reminded of the attack at the Visitors’ Center where pictures and film show the horrors of 9/11. Today pools of water glisten in the weak sun, their walls list the names of those killed. Water cascades over the pool walls, and winds blow the spray toward us as we walk around. Two tall towers once stood here and 2,977 people from more than 90 countries lost their lives. The oldest victim was 85 years old, the youngest 2. We know people who knew people, and so it goes. For this we have Jesus. The memorial is not completed, nor is the war against the terrorists who engendered it. A stiff cold breeze makes us pull our scarves a little tighter around our necks.

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