During our Memorial visit, my sons and I noticed a group informally gather around three uniformed Marines who were swearing one into the service. We learned that the inductee had recently graduated from NYU, and despite other career opportunities, he joined the Marines. Motivated by the WTC attacks, the New Yorker told us he volunteered to "defend freedom" and asked to be sworn-in on the plaza.
One WTC rebuilt, Lady Liberty adorned, twin pools of reflection, the plaza forested, the Survivor Tree revived and the Marine volunteer: each symbolizes for us remembrance, resilience, resolve and renewal after tragedy – the best of the human spirit.
Richard W. Sheffield is a business lawyer and a member of the Provo school board. He studies and writes about how we and our children learn and grow most, using the theme "Light 2 Life." He can be reached at RSheffield@FSLaw.com