Resiliency in the face of tragedy

No day shall erase you from the memory of time.  -Virgil

At 36-feet high, the Last Column is a 58-ton beam that was part of the core structure of the South Tower and is covered with mementos, memorial inscriptions and missing posters.

It started like a typical late summer day at work, with the exception of the unusual clarity of the sky and the brilliance of the blue.

I was passing the residents’ lounge in Clara Ford Pavilion where two doctors were intensely absorbing the television report. A plane had been reported to have crashed into the World Trade Center.

Having traveled to LaGuardia the month before, I was trying to remember our flight trajectory during landing and contemplating how an aircraft could have gone so far off course.

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