Yesterday was the eleventh anniversary of the horrific day of September 11th.
I knew I wanted to go to the Healing Fields in Sandy, Utah to honor the victims of September 11th and also those who have fought for our freedom here in America and abroad.
I called my good friend Julie Pacini to see if she wanted to go with me to take pictures.
So as not to disappoint, Julie being a fellow photographer didn’t need any encouragement from me to participate in this picture worthy event that was taking place.
The fallen soldier battle cross was set up at the Healing Fields.
The Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, Battlefield Cross or Battle Cross is a symbolic replacement of a cross on the battlefield or at the base camp for a soldier who has been killed. Made up of the soldier’s rifle with bayonet attached stuck into the ground, helmet on top, dog tags sometimes hanging from the rifle and the boots of the fallen soldier next to it. Its purpose is to show honor and respect for the fallen at the battle site. The practice started during the American Civil War or maybe earlier as a means of identifying the bodies on the battleground before they were removed.
Today, it is an immediate means of showing respect for the fallen among the still living members of the troop. It might be seen in the field or base camp after the battle in Afghanistan or Iraq. Used less today as a means to identify the fallen but more as a private ceremony among those still living as a means to mourn, as attending the funeral is not always possible for soldiers still in the fight.
There is a new statue honoring the firefighters who ran into the burning World Trade Center Buildings to find survivors from the deadly attack.
When we first arrived the sky was overcast and set a mood of mourning. We were there for about an hour and the sky brightened as the time passed.
The statues are entitled very appropriately, “Hope Rising.”
The firefighters of New York raised an American flag in the aftermath of the wreckage indicating that we still have hope as a united nation.
We will rise and stand together as a nation to combat future attacks.
Here is a close-up of one of the fireman’s face.
This was a banner that was displayed announcing the monument dedication of September 9th at 6pm.
Here are some of the Utah flags of our beloved fallen soldiers.
On each Utah flag is the name of a local fallen soldier.
People would quietly read each name and seem to give them a silent thank you for their service.
I love the reaction of this couple as they were looking at the monument.
Everyone who attended this year’s Healing Field were very moved by the experience.
I took this picture of the children running through the flags.
At first I thought that their running was a little disrespectful.
Quickly a voice came to me that told me that all of those who have died in terrorist acts or in serving our country would be honored to have those children running and laughing among the flags.
After all, that is why so many people serve our country and sacrifice so much so that we can have a free nation where the laughter of children can be heard.
I learned a small lesson yesterday about freedom.
Julie and I have a little photographer’s secret of how to get a picture of someone who we want a photo of without them knowing.
I would tell you what it is but that is a “photographer’s trade secret.” LOL!
We met this gentleman who was not afraid to display his patriotism.
He even posed for this photograph.
I was very touched by this soldier who quietly took his time to read each plaque on all 4 sides of the monument.
I really appreciated the quiet tone that everyone had around the monument. It was almost like being at church.
I think this is a fitting end to my blog post; this pictures of the soldier showing his reverence for those who have died for our freedom.