During summer 2003, my extended family celebrated my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in
One afternoon we decided to visit the
The placid hole where those magnificent buildings once stood belied the horror of 9/11. But remembrances left by family members and friends of those who died there left no doubt of the trauma suffered by so many. Amidst the countless handmade memorials, one particularly stood out for me.
Tucked in beside heartfelt notes of loss, lovingly framed photographs and miniature American flags were 7,000 brightly colored origami cranes. The accompanying inscription read:
“Students from Junior High Schools in
Peace be with you.