Helping To Put Things In Context: Something You Should Know About D.C.

Everyone knows Washington, D.C. for being the nation's capital where decisions are made that affect the country itself and impacts the world at large. But between the time that politicians and special interest groups like to use the city as the reason for all that ails America, it has a more intimate side. This is the side that one could think of as the "local" aspect of the city. I think if people understood what really exists within the boundaries of this diamond shaped (minus a complete side) metropolis, their perspectives may be altered considerably. As AWashingtonWoman will continue to focus on some of the wonderful women who make up the fabric of the DMV (a term used for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and includes: the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia), we will also strive to give you a little of the backstory, as objectively as we can. So it's been a year since this all began and without really trying, this blog has exceeded what our expectations were. So we are thinking that with a little love and a lot of integrity, we can share some real true insight which can be entertaining as well as informative. Who knows?.... Maybe it will even be ..... helpful.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Many Women From The Washington, D.C. Area Were Killed September 11th As They Lived The Lives of Everyday Heros

It is another beautiful day here in the D.C. area on this Sept 11th 2011. Today marks the ten year anniversary of that ill-fated day when thousands perished in an act to vile that words will never be able to fully describe. And yet rather than dwell on that reality, AWashingtonWoman will be highlighting just a few individual lives of women who were quietly going about their everyday business. These women are symbolic of too many for us to list but whose contributions to our community is no less significant. Many of these women were teachers, like Sara Clark (Bertie Backus School) or Hilda Taylor (Leckie Elementary; they were government employees like Donna Bowen; they were twenty-somethings who were serving our country in the military like YN3 Melissa Barnes, USN; and so many others.

Both Sara Clark and Hilda Taylor were in their 60's and accompanying their 6th grade students on a National Geographic trip to California. And then there were the kids who fell victim. There were little boys and little girls who were some of our brightest stars of hope for the future who died on that day. Asia Cottman was one of those children. Like myself, she was growing up in an area of the city known as North Michigan Park. It's a neighborhood with "regular, average" people. Like myself, sbe loved to read and she loved Barbie dolls. We can only imagine what accomplishments lie ahead for Asia. As I write this blog, for over a year now, I reflect on how blessed we all are because there are hundreds of little girls and boys among us who will still carry that spirit and do wonderful things. We have to be glad that Asia's spirit will never die. I think we should honor and nurture that spirit whenever we imagine we may be in it's midst. Just as we should try to recognize the spirits of all the magnificent women who paid the ultimate price on September 11th, ten years ago. So let us pay tribute to you today and let us go on that your spirit may live on beyond tomorrow.

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