My 8 year old daughter, Catherine, is as old as some of the Plebes (freshmen) at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. were ten years ago. Having grown up about an hour from West Point, I have visited and attended many football games in autumn. This was a special weekend for a football game. The sense of pride and respect I felt Saturday was at times all consuming. The men and women at West Point will be put in harms way upon their graduation as our country continues the war on terrorism. The football game against San Diego State University served as a cloak over a larger series of events this weekend. Former Mayor of NYC, Rudy Giuliani, spoke at half time to the Cadets and those in attendance.
The drive back home to West Chester, PA Sunday morning was spent listening to the memorial tributes being broadcast on the radio. When Paul Simon sang The Sound of Silence at the WTC Memorial my emotions poured out. From the back seat, I felt Catherine’s hand on my shoulder and she passed forward a box of tissues. It is still difficult.
I spent much of the afternoon alone in my garden weeding upon returning home.