Here I sit yet again feeling sad and angry because once again I’m forced to be left out of an upcoming event I should be attending.
Many towns, cities, villages and towns in and around the NYC metro area created special memorials to honor those member(s) of their local community that parrished on #9/11, and mine was one.
Back in 2014, my able body self became a member of a task force charged with creating a memorial for our Town and Villages to never forget that fateful day. Utilizing a twisted piece of steel from the North Tower and a hand sculpted bronze statue, the Buchanan * Cortlandt * Croton-On-Hudson 9/11 Remembrance Memorial Reaching Through The Shadow was established at Croton Landing in Croton-On-Hudson, NY.
Each year since our memorial was completed, our Town Supervisor personally emails each of the Task Force Members to invite us to that year’s memorial service on 9/11. A week or so ago I received my email. This year’s Memorial Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. and for the 4th year I will not be able to attend.
I am not able to attend because:
- I can not get out my front door without assistance due to thresh-hold at front door (living in a condo limits renovations)
- I can not get to parking lot without assistance due to sidewalk that is to steep and my #wheelchair tips back
- I have not way to get to the location without my honey who will be working Wednesday. Now, my friend did offer to come pick me up BUT…..that doesn’t work because:
- My friend is a woman who simply can not lift me (I admit, approximately 80 lbs.) from my wheelchair (approximately 70 lbs.) to the car
- Attempt to lift my wheelchair, fold it and put in her car
- Attempt to lift my wheelchair out of car and unfold
- Attempt to lift me from car to my wheelchair
- Then when Memorial Ceremony is completed reverse the process.
- Not to mention, if needed, I have NO WAY to go to the bathroom if needed! This by far is my biggest problem!
So, sadly I will not attend the Memorial Ceremony with my fellow Task Force Members and friends but I will spend the time to reflect, to be thankful that in 2014 I was able to be apart of such a meaningful cause, to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost and to pray for the thousands of lives affected by the terrorists attacks.
As always, I wish you days filled with wonder – take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!
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One thought on “Unable To Attend…Forced To Remember From A Distance”
I understand your need honor those we lost on that date, You honor them not by memorial but by your good actions & kind words. That day many Americans lost their civility. They chose hatred over love. We will win this war by letting people feel our unconditional love.