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Monday, September 12, 2011

Home Again

From our family's beach house on eastern Long Island
to our home in northern New Jersey is about a
two-and-a-half hour drive.  Without traffic.

Without traffic is rare, especially on a Sunday evening
following a warm, beautiful weekend at Long Island's shore.
Long Island Sound in Southold; we brought a picnic breakfast here on Sunday morning.
But coming home last evening, the 11th of September, the
traffic on the New York City bridges and their approaches was eerily light.
I guess I was not the only one a little bit spooked by the terror plot warnings concerning New York's bridges.

When we landed firmly on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, I confess I was glad, and relieved.
And how many times does that happen?
(I'm allowed to make Jersey jokes; I live here.)

As Howard and I ran errands yesterday out on the North Fork,
we snapped some pictures; it was one of those stunningly
perfect September days.  Just like it was ten years ago. 

These pictures were all taken in the Village of Southold,
where the Stars and Stripes was in full flight, as it was all across our great land.

Founders' Landing, where the first settlers set foot in 1640.  Southold is the oldest English-settled town in NY State.
You can see Irene damage on the tree, and the browned grass where water flooded over the bulkheads.

A one-room schoolhouse, part of the Village's museum complex.

Do you see both passengers in this pony cart?

Flying Old Glory!

A weathered barn, right on Main Street in the Village.

 Humble barns, and garages on swanky seaside homes, wore the colors.

In town, flags lined Main Street.

At the Southold Fire Department, an enormous flag.
 And at its base . . . 
 an empty pair of firefighter's boots, and folded gear.

After the attack, firemen and rescue and EMT volunteers from
near and far, including from Southold, helped at the WTC.
On a lighter note . . . because it is a shore community, what else
would you expect to find atop the Southold fire siren tower but . . .
an Osprey nest?
Are Ospreys hard of hearing?  I imagine Mrs. Osprey had a few choice words for Mr. Osprey about his choice of home.
Southold is a village of old houses,
and they, too, flew our flag.

Things changed forever on that day.

The WTC from the Jersey City side of the Hudson River, in 2000. 
Photo by The AP.
The WTC, Sunday evening, 2011 -- the beams of light.
Photo by my niece, Alice, who lives in Jersey City.  She was in tenth grade in 2001.

Forget?  It would be impossible.
God Bless America.  -- Cass

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  1. Such a beautiful, beautiful post, Cass! I got goosebumps just looking at all of the flags being so proudly displayed - but what got me the most was seeing the pair of firefighter boots and gear set out. It made me think of all of those brave heros who gave so unselfishly in an attempt to rescue those in need.

    God Bless you,

  2. I am so glad that there were no incidents yesterday and pray that there never will be again. Great pics Cass!

    Susan and Bentley

  3. Beautiful pictures, Cass...all the flags give me a lump in my throat. Thank goodness yesterday went without a hitch. So glad you had some time away!


  4. Fantastic photos! I think we all in our parts of the world thought about America and the American people yesterday. You have a lovely old house! Have a fine week.

  5. Eerie day in jersey yesterday.....

    Your weekend looked beautiful. So special to see all the flags - the firehouse picture got to me.

    Glad you're home safe,

  6. Nice post! Thanks for the tour of Southold - enjoyed seeing all the photos.

  7. This is a beautiful post. I love all the photos of flags flying and hanging in honour of 9/11. Blessings, Pamela

  8. Thanks for the photos, flags and thoughts. The flags fly in abundance in Texas. My own has flown daily for the past 10 years. When I learned of what had happened that day the first thing I thought of was to put the flag up. There wasn't anything else I could do but pray .. and I did that, too. God bless us all and a heartfelt thank you to all who put their lives on the line to help those they could.

  9. Home of the Red,White and Blue.
    God Bless the USA!

  10. Ten years after it is still sad to reminisce that day. And yes this would never be forgotten nor the people who give their life for others. I love that huge flag. And the last photo that is awesome!! And yes God bless America!

    Mosaic Monday

  11. How lucky you are to have such a beautuful area for your beach house and get-aways. I love the blues of your first picture and the huge flag on the rustic barn. I love it when people fly their flags!

  12. Thank you for a lovely post showing how everyone was flying their flag in memory of such a sad day in our history. I enjoyed your photos.

  13. I enjoyed the visit to that quintessential Yankee village - so dignified and beautiful.

  14. Love the photos with all the flags...thanks for sharing them. No traffic is significant to note.

  15. What a lovely visit. I loved the passenger on the cart!


  16. Such beautiful tributes. No one will ever forget no matter where they are from.

  17. Well what do you know...I asked my sis the name of our mom's dishes and sure enough the same as you have: Harker Pottery and "Pate sur Pate." I always thought they were Johnson Bros. I see pieces a lot in antique shops. etc.

  18. Love the flags photos. Great post. Thanks for sharing. I have never made apple sauce.I fry with butter and sugar... lol.


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