212/365

These are photos from the 35W bridge memorial dedication ceremony tonight at Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis.  Four years ago today, the bridge collapsed.  Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?  Todd and I were driving to the cabin, listening to MPR, when the story broke.  I will always remember it. Mayor R.T. Rybak and Governor Dayton both spoke, but more importantly, a family representative from each of the 13 people who lost their lives that day spoke on behalf of their loved one.  Each remembrance had a different style, some were in a different language, each moving in their own way.   You could hear the grief and sadness still in their voices.  These were people from different backgrounds, different cultures, different religions, yet coming together as a community, mourning and remembering.  The memorial itself is amazing – thirteen beams representing the thirteen people who lost their lives, lit up in blue with their names and remembrance inscribed.  In the background is a beautiful waterfall, with the names of the 171 survivors inscribed on a stone wall.  I sit on a board for a non-profit called Survivor Resources – they were there four years ago helping these people and have supported many of these families and survivors since, helping them to rebuild their lives, listening to them, helping them navigate through the politics, the media, a court settlement.  Helping to coordinate the creation of this wonderful sculpture and memorial ceremony.  It’s an amazing organization and has helped so many people over the years, but tonight, I couldn’t have been prouder to be on their board and to call these people my friends.

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