Every year on September 11, the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety raises the American flag over Corcoran Pond in memory of the lives lost on 9/11.
This morning I was feeling especially melancholy. The images coming from Syria are horrific. I lost a much-too-young friend to cancer a couple of days ago. And I woke this morning realizing it’s September 11th and the memories of that day overwhelmed me. As I was driving into work this morning even the tunes playing on the radio were depressing me. So, I decided to bypass my office and drove straight to the bridge over Snows Brook and Corcoran Pond. I knew that the WVDPS would have their ladder truck parked beside the Ice Arena with our flag draped from the top.
I parked my car and just stood on the bridge staring at the simple image of the flag flying from the ladder – reflected in the pond – embraced by our strong mountains. For some reason this made me feel better. Not good, but better. Reassured. Comforted. Warm. Safer.