After the events of 9/11, the city of New York rallied together to support the victims of the attack and each other. While years have passed, the darker affects of those attacks are still making themselves felt. Since 9/11 there have been two wars, anti-Muslim sentiment has reared its head in some quarters, travelers and immigrants face heightened security, many families have beloved members missing – whether from the original attack or due to the subsequent wars – and there is still a gaping hole, both literal and figurative, in the heart of the city. It has not been easy and healing is still slowly taking place.
However there has also been a drawing together of the community and of the country. New Yorkers, who had previously had a rather uncaring reputation, showed the nation their true colors. City workers and local residents risked their own lives to help neighbors and strangers alike. Many of those lives were lost. The United States, already a proud and patriotic country, was reminded of the price of freedom and it has made us value it all the more. In many ways since that day the city has tried to honor those who fell in positive and uplifting ways.
The Daffodil Project is one of those ways, and is still going strong after nine years. Kensington residents are taking part along with other groups across the city, planting bulbs to honor those who fell. This year Kensington residents will be meeting at Ocean Parkway and Church Avenue. The meeting point is near Parkway Pharmacy and will be at 9 a.m. on Oct. 23. The bulbs will be planted along Church Avenue, one of the area’s major roads. Not only will the area be beautified but in the spirit of the event, neighbors will come together once again to work towards a common purpose. And the heros who died on 9/11 will be honored by each person who plants or admires one of the daffodil bulbs.