What is in a Name?
Today we remember all who lost their life in the World Trade Centre tragedy. I visited the 911 Memorial at Ground Zero this summer in New York City. All around the reflecting pools are the names of those whose life came to an abrupt end that day. So what is in a name? I did not know any of these people. I know nothing about their lives. But – like all of us they had a name. Like all of us they lived a life with a circle of influence in which that name does mean a great deal. Those who did know someone who lost their life there that day will circle the reflecting pool looking for that one name that has meaning for them. Looking at it. Touching it. A flood of memories will come back to them. So what is in a name? More than you can imagine.
While walking around the perimeter of the 9/11 site this year we happened to go into the American Express office building and discovered this moving memorial. “11 Tears,” a memorial honoring 11 American Express employees who died on 9/11, located in the company’s headquarters in the lobby of 3 World Financial Center. Suspended above an 11-sided granite pool is a 600-pound quartz stone, carved into an 11-sided teardrop. Eleven drops of water fall into the pool periodically, creating intersecting ripples. Victims’ names and words chosen by their loved ones are etched on the stone.
These words are in memory of Karen Renda, 52, American Express Travel agent.