Saturday, September 10, 2011

St Paul's Chapel - Ground Zero, NYC - part II

I took these photos at Ground Zero two years ago -
Tomorrow marks the tenth anniversary.

Flag of Honor reads:
'This flag contains the names of those killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Now and forever it will represent their immortality.
We shall never forget them'
(each name is typed on the flag)

Senbazuru, Japanese Peace Cranes, are symbolic of how St. Paul's Chapel brought together people of all nations and religions in its ministry of compassion and reconciliation.
These origami peace cranes represent a fraction of the thousands of these Shinto offerings the Chapel received from school children and other groups--the most precious of which came from survivors of the WWII bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

A few of the thousands of Teddy bears sent from around the world to
provide comfort to the survivors and families

The Bell of Hope was a gift to New York from the people of London after the 2001 terrorist attack.
It rang again in a tiny chapel near ground zero -- this time with New Yorkers mourning those who died in Britain.

 (July - 2005) The world's latest terrorism victims were remembered at St. Paul's Chapel, which had served as a sanctuary for rescue workers who prayed, washed and wept there after the World Trade Center assault.

The 5-foot, 650-pound bell, known as the Bell of Hope, was given to New Yorkers on Sept. 11, 2002. It was cast by London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which also cast
the Liberty Bell and London's Big Ben.

A glimpse of the fence that became a memorial to those who
died in the World Towers Buildings
It reads: After September 11th, thousands of visitors from around the world flocked the sidewalks around St. Paul's and posted ribbons, letters, photographs and numerous personal items on the fence. People transformed the wrought iron into a spontaneous memorial, expressing their anguish and loss.

View of construction of new buildings taking place across
the street from St Paul's Chapel

Construction that was taking place at Ground Zero in 2009


As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we continue to pray for the
families and friends of those who died, that they may eventually find some peace of mind.


Photos by peacesojourner

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