I decided to stop at Sherwood Island State Park while I was driving back to New Jersey on Sunday afternoon. The light was interesting, and I wanted to capture it with my camera.
I had no intentions of shooting photos at the Connecticut Sept. 11 Memorial, but that’s what I ended up doing.
The memorial was installed not long before the first anniversary of the 2001 attacks and is a “living” memorial. It has shrubs and flowers and trees. There’s also granite bricks with the names of those lost from Connecticut during the attacks. The memorial also is where the annual ceremony is held within the week before the anniversary each September. I’ve covered many of the anniversary ceremonies at the memorial, including the first one. I vividly remember the families of the victims walking along the shore against the setting sun to visit the memorial.
I’ve walked in the vicinity of the memorial at other times of year, especially in the summer, but never in the winter. I had never seen how people were leaving remembrances on the stones at the memorial in those times. Instead of a memorial stone, people were leaving shells. Some of them had written messages, but not all. It seems like a fitting tribute to the fallen considering the beach is within a stone’s throw.