I have passed by the 9/11 Tribute Exhibit found at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History over a dozen times- we have a membership pass there and I try to take the kids at least once a week for the great children activities. I am always preoccupied with juggling 3 children that I never really noticed the beautiful structure until this week. Right at the entrance of the museum stands “N-101, a full-façade panel that supported three floors (101-103) two stories above the center of the impact zone of the North Tower. The beam is comprised of three steel columns, bolted together, three stories tall and is the largest World Trade Center artifact in Texas. (fwmuseum.org)” I am embarrassed to say for the past year I have repeatedly walked past this huge structure that “weighs approximately 8,000 pounds and measures 36 feet high by 6 feet wide by 3 feet thick.”
We all remember the time and place we were when hearing about the 9/11 attack. I was in junior high at volleyball practice, the coaches all went into the office and turned on the huge televisions that were strapped down to those rolling carts. I remember seeing it on the news, seeing the adults crying- not really knowing what this meant at that age. I obviously had sympathy for the families and victims of this horrific event, but it did not feel the affect personally. I didn’t know anyone in New York and I was always taught to love everyone and treat everyone the same regardless of race or what you wore. My heart breaks when reading things like “Them?” How can people be so cruel? It upsets me reading things like “Bomb them to the stone age.” or “Kill them all; let Allah sort them out.” I loved when she wrote “September 11 is not the product of fundamentalist Muslims—it is the product of madmen and fanatics.” I could not agree more, there are bad people everywhere- it doesn’t mean all people are bad. We should come together like Marti explained, “we must join hands and interlace them until their two hands are as one (Marti).”
This class has taught me to appreciate all people; not just the ones that look like me. It has opened my eyes to the good and the ugly and made me more aware of what kind of American I want to be.
“9/11 Tribute Exhibit.” Fort Wort Museum of Science and History. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.