On September 5, StoryCorps announced a collaborative arrangement with the WTC Memorial Foundation to honor the stories of lives lost on 9/11.
On our way to Kansas City last week, we visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial. As the 5th anniversary of September 11 approaches, and away from our home in New York City, we were reminded of suffering around the world.
Here, facilitator Mitra Bonshahi stands underneath the Gates of Time overlooking the site where the Murrah Building once stood. The two Gates are engraved with the numbers 9:01 and 9:03, designating the time in between when the bomb exploded and lives were changed forever.
One hundred and sixty eight chairs dot the south lawn, representing each life lost on on April 19, 1995. The chairs illuminated by the sunlight are arranged in rows that correspond to the floor on which the victims worked.
The shallow depth of the Reflecting Pool brought us a sense of serenity in what was once a place of destruction.
Resting on a terrace, The Survivor Tree is a ninety year old elm that endured the blast. It has become a testament to the spirit that has lived on in the face of such devestation.
Through StoryCorps, we are exposed to the personal side of a public suffering. We hope that by truly listening to each other, we can bring some meaning to such tragedies.