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Day 1

November 10, 2011 - Jill Gosche
Phew!

Today was an overwhelming-in-a-good-way day. After going to bed at 9 p.m. Wednesday, we were up at 4 a.m. today to eat breakfast at 5 a.m. and leave by 6 a.m. We went right into New York City's Times Square for the Band of Pride tribute. Imagine more than 1,500 musicians playing patriotic music...it was fantastic! Speakers reflected on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and they were terrific. It was surreal to be listening to speakers share their stories about the attacks while standing in New York City.

After the tribute and lunch, we visited the Sept. 11 memorial. I wasn't sure how to feel or react. Of course, the pools are a site of great sadness resulting from horrific terrorist attacks. Yet, the pools seem to celebrate the lives of those who died. What really struck me were the flowers left at certain names, and I will never forget the only photograph left at one of the names. It is a reminder to those who visit the memorial that the names were real people who perished at the hands of weak terrorists.

The visit to the site was truly special, and I feel very blessed to have gotten to participate in it.

Friday is another busy day in the life of the Seneca East band. We'll be going to a motivational breakfast in the morning, followed by the parade. I'm excited to see a local band march down 5th Avenue on such a special day.

You can check out today's pictures at cu.advertiser-tribune.com.

 
 

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