Every country has a collective consciousness and a collective memory.
I still remember vividly how I first heard of the 9/11 attack.
I was asleep here in Las Vegas where I live, and was awakened by a call from my daughter, Kassandra.
She was born in New York City, but was living in Washington D.C., after graduating from the University of Maryland.
She had seen TV accounts of the attack and had tried to call my sister, who lived and worked in NYC.
In fact, at the time my sister was still active as a full time federal judge (2nd Circuit Court of Appeals), and the courthouse was only a half dozen blocks from the World Trade Center.
Kassandra efforts to call my sister were futile, because the telephone lines were jammed, and she could not complete any call.
I had some anxiety that perhaps my sister had some reason to stop at the World Trade Center that morning.
Immediately I got on the phone, and after about 45 minutes of trying I reached my sister at home.
She indicated that all judges and staff had been sent home from the courthouse and the building closed.
So that was a big relief to find out that my sister was safe.
In the meantime, both towers had collapsed, and the personal sense of relief was replaced by some sense of rage at all the innocent lives lost.
I did not immediately realize that it would number nearly 3 thousand dead.
Somehow, the above image has replaced in my memory and consciousness the scenes of desolation and destruction that resulted from the twin towers collapse.
It seems as though 9/11 left some deep seated wound in America’s collective consciousness and collective memory.
But I feel that with the completion of the ground zero memorial and the near completion of 1 World Trade Center the wound has nearly healed (but never completely).
What do you think??
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