9/11: An Elegy

A Photographic Essay: A Hole in the City’s Heart

 

A Photographer’s Journal: Elegy for an Icon

The Scars Remain

The images of two planes in a clear blue sky crashing into skyscrapers are as searing and incomprehensible today as they were five years ago. Nevertheless, signs of 9/11′s effect are part of everyday life: long lines at airport checkpoints, bomb, sniffing dogs at tunnels and the steady stream of images from terror attacks around the world. All of this makes emotional and psychological distance from the trauma almost impossible.

While there has not been a terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, there have been a number of attacks across the globe, from Madrid and London to Casablanca and Bali, killing hundreds and wounding thousands. Al Qaeda may have lost its Afghan sanctuary, but its ideals have spawned franchises around the world.

Most Americans expect another attack on American interests. An almost equal amount, 55 percent, said they believe the federal government is unprepared for a terrorist attack. Americans are also split over whether the war in Iraq is part of the war on terror and whether it’s worth the cost. So far, the government has appropriated $432 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the fight against terror; $290 billion of that is for fighting the war in Iraq, according to recent Congressional Budget Office figures.

A Photographic Essay: 9/11: Still Killing

The Buckingham Palace Band: The American National Anthem after 9/11

 

Mychal Judge: The Saint of 9/11

As part of this remembrance of 9/11, it is useful to recall the documentary about Mychal Judge, the late FDNY chaplain who died in the 9/11 WTC tragedy, which premiered last year to a large audience at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Some reviewers of the documentary, Saint of 9/11, expressed the hope that it will get national distribution so that many others will be able to see it.

Judge was gay, which would have caused him to be barred from the priesthood under the current Pope. He closely guarded the knowledge about his sexual orientation, because he was keenly aware that it could become an obstacle to his work with some of the beloved firemen to whom he ministered.

For many, the remembrance of his labors with and on behalf of persons suffering with AIDS during the early years of the crisis means the most. Beginning in the early 1980s, when HIV first began to emerge with its fury of terror, Mychal Judge was there to care for those who were alone, isolated from society and abandoned by their families. His kindness serves as a role model for us all.

A moving memorial to Mychal Judge, and an introduction to the documentary about him, is presented by the Equality Forum.

The Introduction Can Also Be Seen On YouTube

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