Today my husband and I attended a touching memorial tribute to the September 11, 2001, victims of terrorism at the Tempe Healing Fields - a place for remembering, a place for learning, and a place for healing.
Our world changed on that terrible day. It was the day that led to my political awakening - I realized that the world that my children (then 3, 5, and 7) grew up in would be much different than the mostly peaceful time of my youth. After 9/11, I wanted to know what was going on politically in our country and in our world that could lead to such a horrific attack on our soil. The senseless killing of nearly 3000 innocent souls - unbelievable.
I began to educate myself and, the more I learned, the more frustrated I became with the people in political power - the people who were supposed to represent my family, my friends, and me. Eventually, I tired of asking the question, "Why doesn't someone DO something?" and I began asking myself, "Why don't I do something?"
Each and every one of us should ask ourselves that question and then use our talents and blessings to make this country and our world a better place. #NeverForget -- Kelli Ward
TEMPE, Ariz. - Monday will mark the 16th year since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City.
The City of Tempe, and the Exchange Club of Tempe, are honoring those who perished with a unique tribute called the Healing Fields. There are 2,996 flags, each representing a life lost, standing on the field of Tempe Beach Park. Each one represents a person who died in the attacks.
Eight teddy bears rest among the flags, for the 8 children who died in the attack.
"The idea behind it is, when people started coming to the field of flags, a healing process started taking effect," said Michael Whitaker, who started Healing Fields memorial 14 years ago.
"People come out here and they fall to the ground crying. They're just humbled by this field,"Whitaker said.
There will be a ceremony on Monday at 5:46 a.m., the time in Arizona when the first plane struck, and a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m.