I walked by the 9/11 Memorial on my way in to work today
Sep 11, 2015, 8:21 AM
I walk by there most mornings, but today was special. They had already started with the soft barricades; allowing the families and speakers in, but I just told them I was on my way to work and they let me through.
What was weird was that the water was turned off in the footprint pools. I walked over and looked in, and as I did, the water came roaring through, full blast. That was neat. Must've been a 7AM thing.
Then I noticed a bagpipe band along the north side of the south tower footprint. My timing couldn't have been better. It was the NY Port Authority pipe band. They started into a cadence and marched on to the reviewing stand on the south side of the north tower footprint pool.
I walked behind them and stood in the rear of the reviewing stand while they worked with the PA announcer and rehearsed their tune. It was (of course) a very mournful tune; done in harmony, and one I was unfamiliar with. I played in a bagpipe band WAY many years ago - I recognized the 3/4 standard drum march. I asked one of the drummers what the tune was, and he said it was 'Odd Times'.
Odd Times, indeed. From there I walked through the sanctuary of Trinity Wall St. and thence down Broadway. My commute is always good, but this was quite memorable.