Welcome to the Mark in Russia podcast network, episode number 55, and I’m Mark.
You can see and listen to all of my podcasts at http://www.markinrussia.com
Sorry I haven’t made a new podcast in the past six weeks, but it is summer and I spent the past month in the States. By the way, the title of today’s podcast, Reflecting Absence, does not refer to my absence over the past six weeks, but rather a little bit about my trip to the 911 Memorial in NYC in late June. The actual name of the 911 Memorial is “Reflecting Absence” and accurately reflects the mood of the memorial.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of feelings when I got to the memorial. Even to this day when I see a video of the World Trade Center attacks, I get choked up while at the same time becoming filled with hatred towards all who hate me and wish to see me dead because of my religion and country. I was going to see the memorial with my family and really didn’t want to get teary eyed over things I saw and remembered.
The last time I was near this spot was on September 9th, 2001, two days before they were destroyed. On that day I remember wishing I had my camera with me to take some photos, but then also knowing that I could do this the next time I was there. Little did I know how much the world would change 2 days from then.
This was one of the events in which most everybody remembers where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the attack. The total devastation and lack of survivors, combined with the live coverage, helped to engrave this event into the collective human conscience. Well, feelings and memories of these attacks are perhaps best saved for a future podcast.