2003-02-15 / Letters

Community Must Heal

Community Must Heal

Unfortunately, we have all lost family members and friends throughout our lives. We do not revisit hospital rooms, nursing homes, and hospices, in order to feel close to our departed loved ones. We try to find comfort through prayer, and the support of family and friends. How lucky we are to be able to visit cemeteries where our loved ones have been laid to rest.

Please let me know how a learning center, or a park is going to help MY children. These things will only serve as a constant reminder of the horrors that occurred on November 12, 2001. Our children witnessed a plane crash around the corner from their home. They felt their house vibrate, and saw smoke and huge fireballs shoot into the sky around their home. They saw military men patrolling their streets and searching their backyards. They saw fighter jets flying over their homes, so low we could feel the earth vibrate beneath our feet.

No, we do not need a constant physical reminder of that sad, horrific day. That day will always be alive in our hearts and minds. We all must try to find peace in the knowledge that those who perished are at peace and their souls are at rest.

Please let our children regain their feeling of safety and comfort that they once felt. Let our neighbors rebuild their homes in peace and let our community heal.

SUSAN MEIER-GAVIGAN


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