Sept. 11 Memorials Mark the Nation's Healing Path
Special to CNBC
Kids from the Old Academy Nursery inEaston, Conn., planted a Seven Sons Flower Tree — a rare variety that blossoms in September — on the school lawn in memory of Christine Hanson. The two-and-a-half year old girl was en route to California for vacation with her parents when their plane crashed.
For Christine’s grandfather, Lee Hanson, the tree is a sweet memory of the time he and Christine spent together.
“I used to take her to the Church Nursery School to ride on the swings and slides. She loved it and I enjoyed the time with her,” he says. “When the Nursery school parents wanted to plant a tree for Christine, we were delighted.”
Big or small, the memorials of 9/11 are both personal and public objects, places where people can mark the past or continue their healing.
(See slideshow.)“As we approach the tenth anniversary, there are many mixed feelings for the families of victims, for heroes who pulled people from ruins, and for the nation who watched it unfold,” Ellen Saracini, executive director of the 9/11 Garden of Reflection, told CNBC.com. “Sadness and grief are tempered by hope and pride, terrorism took from us many loved ones, but did not kill our spirit nor steal our freedom.”
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