Here’s to holding hands

In some small town somewhere in this country a family is planning a trip to Lower Manhattan for the week of Sept. 11. They are coming to New York City to pay their respects and to honor the victims who lost their lives and the heroes who gave theirs in the wake of the worst terrorist attack in history on American soil.

The official tenth anniversary commemoration ceremony held on 9/11 will only be open to the family members of victims, as it has been for the last nine years, but there will be numerous events occurring that week to allow all New Yorkers and people from all over the country and all over the world to honor the memories of those who perished in the attacks.

While a small fraction of Lower Manhattan residents who did not lose a loved one continue to protest their exclusion from the official ceremony, the community board that represents the neighborhood has come up with an alternative commemoration event, Hands Across Lower Manhattan.

We applaud C.B. 1’s attention to the desires of its constituents and the need to incorporate them. Moreover we salute the board for devising a way to include everyone, no matter where they were on that fateful morning or where they reside today. The Hands Across Lower Manhattan event will be all-inclusive and will symbolize the unity that the world witnessed after the towers fell. We hope enough people show up and take part to create a chain of goodwill that will stretch far and wide from Battery Park where it will all begin.

The event is three-pronged in that it will also include a ceremonial tree planting as well as a week’s worth of community service opportunities. The community service aspect is a chance for people to literally help rebuild Lower Manhattan. Like the members of the Battery Park Conservancy who returned in the days after the attack to clean trees leaf-by-leaf, volunteering one’s time to perform an act of service is in itself a healing gesture.

Pulling the event off will be no small task, but we know the community board is up to the challenge. We would hope, and we imagine, that nonprofits and other organizations all across the city will reach out to the community board to offer their assistance and to suggest ways people can give back to Lower Manhattan.

C.B. 1 Chair Julie Menin has assured us that within the next two weeks information will be disseminated to instruct people as to how they can participate. The community board is planning an intense outreach effort complete with a Facebook page as well as a dedicated website that will make registering for the event easy and hassle free. This is key because there will no doubt be thousands of residents and even more visitors who will want to take part. With the clock ticking, concentrating on the logistics of the event is essential.

We hope it goes off without a hitch. Indeed it has the potential to illustrate for the entire world exactly what type of community Lower Manhattan has become in the wake of the attack, and that is a community that is as open to the world, welcoming, and unified as any could be.

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3 Responses to Here’s to holding hands

  1. Mommy of 9/11

    I so love this idea. u00a0Having lived in BPC during and after this horrid, scary day, our family is glad to have an event to come together as a community. u00a0Although we thank God every day that we and our loved ones survived 9/11, we have felt disconnected from the yearly commemorations. u00a0For the past nine September 11ths, countless residents have stood along the West Side Highway, sad and lost – recalling the terrifying events of this day and the weeks and months that followed. u00a0West Street, the same highway which we ran along with our traumatized children, attempting to escape the cloud that descended upon our neighborhood – homes and schools alike. u00a0We remember the pets who suffocated in the dense fog of destruction, blowing into our open windows on this gorgeous early autumn morning.nnWe, as a family, will sad, but triumphant in the rebuilding our lovely neighborhood, stand hand-in-hand on this 10th anniversary of our nation's darkest day. u00a0Glad to be alive. u00a0Glad to share this moment together. u00a0Glad that our children, for the most part, have healed and headed for a more hopeful, full life.nnMay the souls lost on 9/11/2001 rest in eternal peace. u00a0May the children of 9/11/01 become whole as the days and years move on.

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