This isn't the post I had drafted for today to commemorate September 11th, but I think it is much better than my original — and the pictures speak louder than any words I could write.
Yesterday, after a morning of rambling up and down country roads around Vicksburg, I headed for home — hot, weary, hungry, and thirsty, but happy with the collection of pictures I had captured on my journey.
As I exited the interstate at the Vicksburg National Military Park exit, something caught my eye, and I knew I had one more stop to make. I turned into the park entrance and got out and walked back to the hill beside the road, and this is what I saw ...
Three thousand flags standing proud on a hillside in the Military Park ... far, far away from a place called Ground Zero, and that field in Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon ... in honor of those who lost their lives on that fateful September day nine years ago.
I'm sure memorials like this one can be seen all over America today, as we bow our heads in prayer and remembrance as one Nation, under God.