Weekend in NYC: 9/11 Memorial + One World Observatory

“You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.” —Colin Powell

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Trinity Church Graveyard

Trinity Church Graveyard

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The Survivor Tree , discovered at Ground Zero severely damaged, was removed from the rubble and placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

The Survivor Tree, discovered at Ground Zero severely damaged, was removed from the rubble and placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

White roses placed on the victims’ birthdays

White roses placed on the victims’ birthdays

Opened in May 2019, the Memorial Glade that honors first responders who later got sick or died after inhaling toxins at the World Trade Center site. Six large battered stones appear to jut up and out of the plaza as if violently displaced, and convey strength and resistance.

Opened in May 2019, the Memorial Glade that honors first responders who later got sick or died after inhaling toxins at the World Trade Center site. Six large battered stones appear to jut up and out of the plaza as if violently displaced, and convey strength and resistance.

The Sphere  that survived the attacks of September 11, 2001, now displayed in Liberty Park

The Sphere that survived the attacks of September 11, 2001, now displayed in Liberty Park

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Veterans Day | Armistice (100 years later)

(315/365) “Veterans, thank you for bravely doing what you were called to do so that we can safely do what we’re free to do.” – Unknown

Milwaukee County War Memorial Day

One hundred years ago today, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the treaty was signed to end the First World War. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th Armistice Day to pay homage to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who gave their lives in service of their country. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all service men and women. 

One day is never enough to thank these American heroes for their bravery and their dedication to defending our freedom. Everyday when I proudly stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, I thank them with all my heart and I think about my dad. I am humbled by the courage it must have taken to enlist in the Navy when he was only seventeen years old, to leave his family, and to travel around the world to defend our freedom on the USS Salt Lake City during World War II. 

Dad - WWII

Last year, the Brink family took my dad's dog tags along on Paul's Honor Flight. I always wished my dad could have had that experience and I'm so grateful to them for sharing their day with us!

Milwaukee Federal Building

September 27, 2018 (270/365) #domke #doorsopenmilwaukee

"It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government." - Alexander Hamilton

17 Years Later

 September 11, 2018 (254/365)

"I thank God for my life, for the Stars and Stripes. May freedom forever fly. Let it ring!" - Zac Brown

4th of July

July 4, 2018 (185/365) • Independence Day

"One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore!" - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Memorial Day

May 28, 2018 (148/365)

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

Austin

April 19, 2018 (109/365)

"Texas is a blend of valor and swagger." - Carl Sandburg

Flags at half-mast to honor the life of First Lady Barbara Bush who died on Tuesday

Honor

November 11, 2017 (315/365)

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” - President Harry S. Truman

Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network has flown America's veterans to Washington D.C. where they visit the memorials to the wars in which they served. Last weekend, Lisa's dad, a Marine in Vietnam, was on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. It was my privilege to write a letter thanking Paul for his brave service to our country. I have always wished that my dad, who served in the Navy during World War II, could have enjoyed this honor too. Thanks to Lisa’s dad and sister, who took my dad's dog tags along with them, that wish came true last Saturday. On this Veteran's Day, I am so grateful to Paul and Paula for sharing their special day with me and my family. And I humbly thank all of our veterans who have bravely served our country. 

Photos above taken by Paula Sockett or used via Creative Commons license. All photos edited by me.

Never Forget

September 11, 2017 (254/365)

“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.” - President Barack Obama