Standing in front of Tagart Memorial Chapel, the place where she sought comfort 19 years ago on September 11, Bridget Collins ‘90, the Charles W. Britton Director of Character and Service, delivered a poignant reflection viewed by the McDonogh community on the anniversary of that fateful day.
She began, “I chose to speak to you from Tagart Chapel because it is the place I came to 19 years ago on this day when my heart was heavy with sadness and my mind was racing with fear. The ringing of the Chapel bells is a symbol that our McDonogh is a community that remembers. The sound of the bells connects me to those who have passed away. And, it awakens me to my own responsibility to live a life worth remembering.”
Collins continued, “The tribute wall in the 9-11 Memorial Museum in NYC reads, ‘No Day Shall Erase You From the Memory of Time’ and today...and every day we are called to remember...because remembering is powerful. It keeps people alive in our hearts and minds.”
She shared examples of solidarity following the tragedy and the outpouring of love in America and abroad. And, she reminded those watching about the art installation, Tribute in Light, that takes place annually in New York City at the site of the World Trade Center towers.
“On this anniversary of terrible violence and hatred, we are called to make our own Tribute in Light,” she said. “We are called to remember the deep compassion and love that shone through the darkness of that day. At this moment in 2020, may we remember that we are a country known for our diversity, our unity, our resilience, and our hope. It is not what makes us weaker, but what makes us stronger.”
Before pausing for a moment of silence Collins added, “May we be inspired to use our own life’s light to offer others comfort…because we are the peace and the love the world is waiting for.”