Friday, September 11, 2009

Looking West

During late summer and autumn when the air is clear, the skyline of Manhattan looms large on Long Island Sound's western horizon. The silhouette, depending on the visibility, can be seen as far away as Westport, CT, perhaps even further. For the past eight years, it has been difficult to take in this view without thinking about September 11, 2001. The skyline of Manhattan still looks strange to me with the two counterweights missing from it's southern end. ********************************************************* Sherwood Island State Park in Westport is the site of the Connecticut 9/11 Living Memorial. The site was chosen because on clear days, Manhattan is visible. It is a location where people gathered on September 11 to see smoke rising from the skyline. The park then served as a service area for relief efforts following the attacks. Sherwood Island September 11 Memorial Sherwood Island 365 New York Times: September 11, Yet Nothing Stops The Tides Westport Now: Providing Comfort Long Island Daily Photo: Remembering

6 comments: said...

yes, it still looks strange to me too. It always causes me to stop and think. I have a feeling it will always be this way.
thanks for this post.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful piece, Matthew.

Robin Robinson said...

Terrific blog, Matthew. Glad to have found you. I'll follow. We have lots in common blogwise!

Dianne said...

there is a similar view from Union Beach, NJ, a town near my home

every time I look out the towers are my very first thought

beautiful photo

PERBS said...

So close and yet so far away. Still, this tragedy will always be close to the heart of every American no matter how far away.

Sue said...

My husband is from Long Island and I've watched that skyline many times on trips back to visit his family. I'm a New Yorker, too, from Syracuse, so 9/11 is very personal for us.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I just wanted to pay tribute to some rescue workers who worked tirelessly and aren't always remembered.