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St Pauls Church,
Late afternoon sun casts long shadows across the gravestones of St. Paul’s Chapel, New York, while in the background, dust rises from the site of the former twin towers of the World Trade Center.
The Chapel survived the Great New York City Fire of 1776 when a quarter of
The Chapel was turned into a makeshift memorial shrine following the September 11 attacks, and served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the WTC site. For eight months, hundreds of volunteers worked 12 hour shifts around the clock, serving meals, making beds, counselling and praying with fire fighters, construction workers, police and others. Massage therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists and musicians also tended to their needs.
I spent a several hours at the Chapel over the course of two or three visits, and was intensely moved by the many artefacts, exhibits and audio-video displays that are permanently located inside the building.
The first one when entering is “Healing Hearts and Minds”, which consists of a policeman’s uniform covered with police and fire fighter patches sent from all over the country, and from around the world. The most visible is the “Thread Project”, which consists of several banners, each of a different colour, and woven from different locations from around the globe, hung from the upper level over the pews. There is much to see and reflect on at
As you might imagine there are many online resources and sites memorialising the attacks of
Thanks to Wikipedia for the background information…