On September 11, 2001, I was at work in Waterbury CT when the first tower went down. As the entire office gathered around televisions and watched, the second tower was hit. Pretty quickly, I fled the office for the cathedral next door. It felt like a better place to be and I was grateful be with others in its quiet.
I’ve always been more visual than auditory. You could say that I “feel things” through my eyes. However, growing up in a musical family, we were also exposed to the world of music. I was intrigued when my husband shared the story of The Tower of Voices, a memorial to the plane that was crashed in Shanksville PA. It will incorporate 40 unique chimes giving perpetual voice to the 40 people who died in that field on 9/11. What an incredible tribute, rising up out of the Pennsylvania countryside.
Paul Murdock, architect of the 93-foot (93 feet for Flight # 93) tower says,“There’s a serenity here to allow people to reflect and be contemplative, and there’s a severity to remind people of what actually happened here. This is a battleground on the one hand, but it’s also a final resting place of these 40 people.”
The awesome chimes were designed by Samuel Pellman. More about his fascinating work here.