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History was here

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Wabash Valley residents had an opportunity to witness history Saturday as a beam from the World Trade Center was placed on display at Forest Park.

Officials with the Popcorn Festival of Clay County are responsible for making contact with a Bloomington firefighter in order to bring the beam here.

It was so surreal as the escort -- provided by members of the Brazil City Police Department, Brazil City Fire Department, and 138th Quartermaster Unit -- drove north on State Road 59 from the Brazil National Guard Armory, before turning east onto Pinckley Street as they made their way to an access road in Forest Park.

There was so much silence.

And then, music began playing.

The voice of Kayla Chiles could be heard as she sang along to the music of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The U.S.A."

So many flocked over to the area where the beam was set up.

It was magical.

So many came to the area to touch the beam. Just to reflect as while staring at it.

Some cried.

Others stood in awe.

All were amazed.

For a brief moment, everybody forgot about their problems and remembered the devastation America felt on Sept. 11, 2001.

Ten years have gone by since that dreadful day.

While no one has forgotten, many let little things get in the way sometime, myself included, and we forget what life really means.

It takes a lot of patience not to get angry during these moments. I know. I'm still learning this.

It's a process, I think, and I'm quite certain I'll deal with it, more than likely, until I'm no longer here.

On Sunday, between shifts at the office, I met Merry and James David at the park.

We wanted him to get a chance to see the Popcorn Festival.

He and his mother spent most of Saturday taking part in Race for the Cure, before going to a birthday party.

The little guy had a long weekend.

And we could tell Sunday afternoon.

He was ready to go home and prep for bed.

But right before we left, he had a chance to meet the Living Statue, Mark Abbati.

Dressed as a businessman standing against the wind, Abbati entertained our son.

As he would stick out his tongue, or point, James David would flash a smile. He was bewildered by this painted man and wasn't really sure how to react.

Sure, he was tired. He was ready to call it a day. But he was having fun. And learning patience.

James David may have not been alive Sept. 11, 2001. But he will never forget.