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September 9, 2004

Things Change

Last weekend, Helen and I visited New York City for the Labor Day holiday. We toured the city whirlwind style, cramming as many things into our 3 and a half day trip as possible. Naturally, one of the items on the top of my list was to see the World Trade Center site. Being as young as I am, tragedies such as September 11, 2001 have less personal effect on me than on the average person who has spent a lifetime without seeing any comparable event. Nonetheless, finally seeing the site in person makes a larger impression on me than the detached viewings on TV ever could. I was personally affected by this serendipitous photo I took of Alexander Hamilton's grave from the grounds of Trinity church. I had remembered having taken a similar photo in the past, but I had forgotten the significance, which struck me as soon as I dug up the old photo from my archives at home:

July 16, 2000
September 4, 2004

After taking that original photo on July 16, 2000, never in my wildest imagination would I have guessed that such a gaping wound in the skyline would be possible. I am also struck by how little the rest of the scene changed: Even the small pine tree to the right has all the same branches in all the same places, yet one of mankind's greatest structures is gone forever. The modest monument of Alexander Hamilton persists, yet the grand monument to commercial enterprise does not.

I'll be sure to return in a decade to take the same photo with the new skyline that appears.

Posted by davemoore at September 9, 2004 4:35 PM