The Faces of Memorial

In response to criticisms that we over-memorialized the 10th anniversary of 9/11/2011...

We memorialize
– to face the enemy – be it evil, chaotic, or indifferent
-to face our lack of control over the universe
-to face our loss
-to face sacrifices made, voluntary or not
-to face hope, renewal, and the future, though it’d be much easier to wallow in fear and grief
-to face the light without the comforting shadow cast by that one whose presence loomed so large in our life

For, after a while, you become accustomed to the dark; the light is harsh and moving forward on our own feet is terrifying.

(C) Laura Hedgecock 2011


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