Three Ways to Honor 9/11

Sheila Franzen

On the morning of 9/11/2001, I was in a plane…. On the West Coast. The captain came over the loud speaker and simply said ‘All flights in the US have been grounded, we will be returning to Portland’. None of us knew what had happened. It was an eerily quiet flight after that. Upon landing, I phoned my sister-in-law at the time, who worked for an airline, and asked what happened. I still remember her saying that a plane had crashed into the Twin Towers. That moment of shock when each of us heard what had happened and what was happening. I find that you can ask people and they all remember. I walked off the plane and to my car and drove home in silence. I remember thinking…

What does this mean?

Why would they do this?

What now?

Ten years ago, I was in New York City and the sites were still being cleared. I remember feeling sad and angry about what had happened. At that time, there weren’t clear plans on what the memorial site would be. I’m not even sure the decision had been made to not rebuild the towers yet.

Recently, we visited Ground Zero and happened upon the annual race of the Tunnel to Towers 5K. A race that honors Stephen Siller who ran through the tunnel as one of the first responders dressed in full firefighters gear. He died the next day. We were fortunate enough to have a local New Yorker guiding us around, which allowed us to just enjoy our walk. I didn’t know where Ground Zero was or how close I was to it. There was a point where I started to feel overwhelmingly sad. Tears just started arising and I realized that I was feeling the emotions of all those people who have taken the time to honor those that lost their lives that tragic day in our history. The emotion was powerful and I felt it the entire time we were at the memorial and for a period of time until we walked out of the vicinity of the memorial.

I share this because it’s important that we take the time to grieve and send love and light to these places of sorrow. When we visit places like this, we are experiencing the energy of the place and the people that have been there as well as our own energy that is triggered by the experience. While I found myself crying and feeling sad, I also felt extremely loved. I often wish that I could see the Beings of love and light that are always around us. I had this sense that there must have been 100’s of Angels and other Beings of love and light surrounding the area and all those that come and go each day.

9/11 — Did You Know?

… That 2997 people lost their lives. All of their names are inscribed on the rim around the fountains. The names also include the 6 people that died in a bombing on the World Trade Center in 1993.

… That 412 were emergency workers and 343 of them were fire fighters from the NY City Fire Department

… That most of the trees were sourced from within 500 miles of the site

… That a single Merona pear tree was found in the rubble, nursed back to health and is now the Survivor tree that stands between the sites representing survival

… That the new World One tower stands 1776 feet tall to represent our Founding nation

The Energy of the Fountains

Sure, fountains are nice to look at, yet they also serve a tremendous energetic function. Water is cleansing and a site of such tragedy needs cleansing. The fountains are the largest manmade waterfalls and fountains in the world. As much as 18,000 can flow through them in a day and they are 30 feet below street level. To me, it felt as though the energy of the sorrow and the grief was continually being cleansed with the water and Mother Earth was helping to transform it. While I doubt the architects had this aspect of energy clearing in mind, I have a feeling they were divinely inspired to support Mother Earth in this way.

Ways to Honor Those That Lost Their Lives

We Can Remember. It’s easy to forget something that seemingly happened so long ago, especially if we are not in the city where it happened. Our children were not even born when this tragedy befell our America. I know that going forward, as a family, we will take more time to remember. As you remember, remember with Love and Compassion. Getting angry doesn’t make anything better.. unless you use that anger to fuel something positive.

Visit the Memorial. Be willing to revisit how it felt then and how it feels now to be there. The individuals that lost their lives were part of a waking up of America that we must pay attention. That we aren’t immune to the horrors of the world. That we must care for each other and find the oneness within us. If you are ever in New York City, take the time to visit the Memorial. Don’t avoid it. Embrace it.

Send Love and Light. The entire time I was at the memorial, I held the awareness of keeping my heart open and allowing love to flow to all that were around. While it’s easy to shut down emotionally and not feel, I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to feel what was present and I wanted to share love with all those that were there and with all the families that still miss their loved ones.

Sheila Franzen

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Mom, Author, Geek, Spiritual. I’m also a technology expert for lightworkers that want to grow their online business.

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