remembrance

remembrance on tumblr on september 11, 2011 is almost all about remembering the people involved in one time and many places ten years ago. there are a few essays about a gallifrean time lord and about the power of memory in our lives in general. and of course there are, sprinkled throughout a search on this term, a few photos and a few eulogies for people who passed away on this day in a way that did not involve at all terrorism in new york city, washington dc or pennsylvania. scattered photos of yellow roses popping up in a field of skycrapers and spaces where skyscrapers used to be.

remembrance on tumblr today is also clearly urban and cosmopolitan and civilian: the eternal city. i searched for a long time and could find few images that might include the pentagon or a field in pennsylvania. in general, it seems there are few military folk on tumblr, although clearly there are relatives of soldiers and sailors who have served or are serving in the iraq or afghanistan. many many of the images and the text are of a city that is transformed. first transformed through terror. then transformed through remembrance. so many of the images ask people to reflect, contemplate, honor, remember, investigate the changes in new york city. many of the photos are nostalgic, showing a fascination or a fondness for two buildings that were not loved by many before september 11, 2001. and there are many images of real sights, and many fictitious, of the twin towers in another form: as pillars of light, as mountains, as a reflection in the water surrounding a city skyline. all in all, many of the images of 9/11 and remembrance today are of a city skyline that refuses to change. eternal city.

remembrance today is also about america, americans and americanism. many stars and stripes. on flags. on buildings. in the air. in the water. on the clouds. worn on clothing. as a fashion accessory. some of the images look very much like advertisements for a country and a society that seeks to persuade others. to persuade to remember, to honor, to act with memory in mind. to accept our leadership. here and there are tributes to america. a british many offers a video creation to honor a bond between societies. overall, remembrance on tumblr today is images of first world. type remembrance images in to google, however, and you will find many photos of an annual holiday in great britain and the commonwealth, a public honoring of a war that ended beyond the living memory of almost all on the internet. poppies.

surprisingly, remembrance today has very little to do with future violence, at least visually. there are no images of afghanistan, iraq, pakistan, saudi arabia, or even of terrorists. remembrance is not a companion to vengeance. at least not today. there are individual statements in the essays. we must continue to strike back. we must continue to hunt down. we must continue to pay back. but these are text that describe personal ideas and arguments. and they are few.

remembrance is raw emotion. sadness, anger, love, compassion, hatred, frustration. images of clenched fists, open hands, heads in hands, hands on backs, arms in circles of hugs and extending helping hands. many images of tears on faces. many stories about bodies shaking and trembling. remembrance today is also unguided emotion. how else can we explain an essay by a girl who posts a picture of a shoe from a concentration camp in the holocaust museum in washington dc and asks us to remember today that 3,000 deaths a decade ago really do not compare to 11 million deaths seven decades ago. it must be fear that leads somebody to think that compassion is so scarce that it must be rationed among all of our remembrances, and not rather an endless and bountiful ocean of love capable of sustaining everybody everywhere everytime. or at least this is my hope.

remembrance is youth, at least in stories and words, which is not surprising to see on tumblr. very few of the essays are by adult survivors of the events of a decade ago. there are rather many many essays by young people remembering where they were at that time. so many were in a classroom. so many were with family. and so many were confused, frightened, scared and in wonder why all of the adults they knew were transformed by news from a radio or a television or word of mouth. but not from the internet. and no tumblr. remembrance on tumblr is an expression on a medium that did not exist in the time the images and essays are describing. so we may also view this as an inaugural outpouring and collective expression in a new medium. so many saw this as an event that transformed their own lives. realizing more about the world. seeing more about adulthood. understanding pain. finding purpose. becoming political. growing hatreds and prejudices. learning compassion.


U2 - A Tribute to Heroes: Walk On



taylors-photojournal:

lanterns afloat. In remembrance.

taylors-photojournal:

lanterns afloat. In remembrance.


jerdams:

#Remembrance (Taken with instagram)

jerdams:

#Remembrance (Taken with instagram)



monsters-under-my-bed:

For my Art Homework, I decided I should do a 9/11 Remembrance piece seeming as I am doing New York as my focal point. 

monsters-under-my-bed:

For my Art Homework, I decided I should do a 9/11 Remembrance piece seeming as I am doing New York as my focal point. 


aliveaftermidnight:

You’ll always be remembered

aliveaftermidnight:

You’ll always be remembered


viioletarojo:

Photograph by Unknown
Taylor Marie BehlOctober 13, 1987 – September 6, 2005Miss you Taylor you are always in my heart, thoughts & prayers. You made this world a better place and you are dearly missed! Janet & Matt, my prayers are always with you.. especially today. Gods strength be with you.

viioletarojo:

Photograph by Unknown

Taylor Marie Behl
October 13, 1987 – September 6, 2005

Miss you Taylor you are always in my heart, thoughts & prayers. You made this world a better place and you are dearly missed! Janet & Matt, my prayers are always with you.. especially today. Gods strength be with you.


honestyfromrich:

Hi, For those that don’t know me my name is Rich and I’m from the UK.

I made this last year as my tribute to all that lost their lives in the World Trade Centre, The Pentagon and Shanksville PA as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001, but I also meant it to be a symbol of respect for the courage of the survivors, those left behind and those men and women who are fighting to make sure this NEVER happens again.

I still can’t believe that its has been 10 years since this atrocity, I still remember walking into the place where I was starting a youth work course, seeing the coverage and asking what was happening, before anyone could reply I watched as the 2nd plane hit LIVE on BBC news.

Over here in the UK our parents remember where they were when man landed on the moon and when England won the World Cup, I will always remember where I was on Sep 11th 2001.

I’d like to add a quote from the “Ode of Remembrance”, It’s usually reserved for Armistice day over here but I feel it is just as relevant to Sep 11th 

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, Nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM.

Please feel free to Re-Blog this. 

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harrietmaymann:

I took this photo at the Holocaust Museum. This single child’s shoe is one out of 11 million. Looks so insignificant in this glass case, however it symbolises so much.
I know it’s 9/11 tomorrow, but don’t tell me it’s the worse thing to ever happen. from around 1933 (when the first concentration camp Dachau opened) to 1945, 11 million people, maybe more, were murdered for simply being alive. It’s the worst thing to EVER happen in history, with heart wrenching stories. Entire families, villages and towns were destroyed, only for the inhabitants being jewish, homosexual, jehovah’s witness, political enemies and sometimes just because they were in the way. Hitler’s regime was the worst thing in history.
I do feel for the 3,000 who lost their lives in 9/11, but my heart lies with those 11,000,000 who perished in the Holocaust. Don’t tell me 9/11 is the worst thing to happen. USA and UK didn’t need to send troops there - more innocent lives have been lost in the senseless ‘war’ in Iraq.
Surely we should learn from the conflict, war, genocide and terrorism? It breaks my heart that people, over 60 years later, are still denying that the Holocaust happened, and survivors have felt they need to stay silenced. 9/11 is remembered everyday, why can’t the Holocaust?
Rest in peace to the 11 million.

harrietmaymann:

I took this photo at the Holocaust Museum. This single child’s shoe is one out of 11 million. Looks so insignificant in this glass case, however it symbolises so much.

I know it’s 9/11 tomorrow, but don’t tell me it’s the worse thing to ever happen. from around 1933 (when the first concentration camp Dachau opened) to 1945, 11 million people, maybe more, were murdered for simply being alive. It’s the worst thing to EVER happen in history, with heart wrenching stories. Entire families, villages and towns were destroyed, only for the inhabitants being jewish, homosexual, jehovah’s witness, political enemies and sometimes just because they were in the way. Hitler’s regime was the worst thing in history.

I do feel for the 3,000 who lost their lives in 9/11, but my heart lies with those 11,000,000 who perished in the Holocaust. Don’t tell me 9/11 is the worst thing to happen. USA and UK didn’t need to send troops there - more innocent lives have been lost in the senseless ‘war’ in Iraq.

Surely we should learn from the conflict, war, genocide and terrorism? It breaks my heart that people, over 60 years later, are still denying that the Holocaust happened, and survivors have felt they need to stay silenced. 9/11 is remembered everyday, why can’t the Holocaust?

Rest in peace to the 11 million.


Remembrance and Renewal: How did music help you cope in the days and weeks following 9/11/2001?

nyphil:

The Philharmonic invites you to think back ten years and to tell us how music helped you through the days and weeks following 9/11. Share your memories and reflections on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter (#nypremembers911). Those who would like to post their memories in person can do so on Saturday, September 10, on cards being distributed to people on line for the 7:30 p.m. concert, which we’ll display on Memory Boards outside of Avery Fisher Hall, Home of the New York Philharmonic.