For anyone who has followed my posts at all, you will see that I live in Atlanta Georgia in the United States. The South has a number of important places that remember a very dark time in our countries history that nearly tore our country apart but, in the end made us the nation we are. One of those hallowed grounds is Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. As the Northern armies made their march thought the South; Kennesaw was a pivotal battle that eventually unified our country.
On September 11, 2001 our country was attacked again. In the Battle of Kennesaw, approximately 4,000 solders were lost in battle. These were men who agreed to fight a war for freedom on either side. In the attack on the World Trade Center Towers, nearly 3,000 civilians lost their lives just going about their daily lives. They were men and women who were going to work or doing their jobs who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Every year since the attack, the grounds of the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield is covered with 2,996 American flags representing the lives that were lost. On the 15th year anniversary, I took my 7 year old daughter to see the display. She can’t comprehend what happened or why but she was touched by seeing the display and looking at the flag poles that had pictures and stories of the people who were lost.
I decided to use the biggest camera I own (Kodak Tourist II) to try to capture the scene.
If you were to follow me on social media, you would know that I very rarely, if ever, post political commentary. But a scene like this, and the burden of trying to explain it to someone, only seven years old is damn near impossible.
“Daddy, how did these people die?”
“The buildings they were in collapsed when bad people tried to knock them down.”
“What were they doing that made the bad people want to do that?”
“They were going to work…”