I’ve just posted this on the Facebook page for this blog, and want to share it with a wider audience. No matter where we are from, it is impossible to comprehend the horrors of that day, a day which has shaped so much of what has happened since then:
Today is the 18th anniversary of 9/11. Like most, I guess, I can remember exactly where I was on that fateful day, when so many innocent people were murdered and the world changed for ever. To honour those who lost their lives, and all those whose heroic efforts helped so many others, I’m dedicating my #SongOfTheDay to them. An explanation of this song is on Songfacts, and I’m repeating it here as background:
“Grand Central Station is a train terminal in New York City, and a bustling hub of activity. It’s a majestic building where amid the din, travelers can find moments of reflection, as so many journeys started or ended there.
Mary Chapin Carpenter wrote the song after hearing an interview with an iron worker who was one of the first on the scene after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The interview aired on a New York City radio station on the first anniversary of the attacks, and it brought Chapin Carpenter to tears. “Those first few days there at ground zero, he felt it was a very holy place,” she told NPR. “When his shifts were over, he felt this lifeforce was somehow asking for his help, and when he would leave his shift he figured, whoever wants to go, I’ll take him with me, and he’d find himself just going to Grand Central Station, standing on the platform, and figuring whoever wanted to go home could just catch the train home.”
Chapin Carpenter immediately started writing the song, and had it finished three days later.”
A day for reflection. To shed a tear for humanity.