Sunday, September 12, 2010

9/12 Reflections at a 9/11 Memorial

9/12 Reflections at a 9/11 Memorial

Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

I found myself in Marina Del Rey this morning and got a nice breakfast at Jerrys Deli. Upon looking to head home the freeway was closed. Just for fun I chose to go up Hwy 1 to Malibu canyon. As we approached the turn we saw the annual 9/11 memorial at Pepperdine. Even on the day after the anniversary it carried great weight with us.

It was a somber crowd with a few kids just enjoying the day and the great expanse of healthy well rimmed grass.

What struck us both was the scattering of foreign flags among the American flags. They drew us both in as an expression of the real America that celebrates its populations and respects the dead regardless of origin.

So I made a collage of the photographs largely featuring foreign flags. The World took a loss on 9/11 not just the United States. Those who would amplify and encourage bigotry in the country should take careful note of the facts presented in this humble collage. The world took losses that day, not just America.

Our thanks to all who put that memorial together.

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