9/11 tributes at Alki Statue of Liberty: ‘Help us to forgive’

Since the Alki Statue of Liberty has been a touchstone on 9/11 ever since that first night-after in 2001, we visited late this morning to look for tributes. On the side visible from the street, a few bouquets had been placed, plus a small creation from stones; on the water side, a note, and stones arranged in the shape of a heart:

The note is a prayer, reading in part, “Help us to live with love rather than hate. Help us to forgive.” Meantime, we’ll check back this evening. While there was an organized, well-attended vigil last year (WSB coverage here) on the 10th anniversary of the deadly East Coast attacks, we haven’t heard of any official plans this year (please let us know if you have).

15 Replies to "9/11 tributes at Alki Statue of Liberty: 'Help us to forgive'"

  • G September 11, 2012 (3:28 pm)

    3,000 people were murdered in the most horrific gruesome way, incinerated, jumping out of buildings, dying of terror.

    There will be no forgetting – or forgiving.

  • Patsy Thomas September 11, 2012 (4:28 pm)

    Well said. No forgetting. No forgiving.

  • GRG September 11, 2012 (5:16 pm)

    Another of those Prius/Subaru driving lefties with a “Coexist” bumper sticker. 9/11 was unforgivable..

  • V September 11, 2012 (5:38 pm)

    They didn’t forget the 500,000 children that died due to our pre-9/11 sanctions. And some of them didn’t forgive – just like you are doing. The outcome? September 11th, 2001.

    It is said that a weak man can always forget. But that it takes the strongest of men to forgive.

  • Skeptic September 11, 2012 (6:21 pm)

    Until Muslims renounce the violent Jihad encouraged in the Qu’ran and the Hadith, infidels like myself and many of you are all at risk for more attacks. Unfortunately, this would be considered apostasy…which under Islam is punishable by…death.

  • marty September 11, 2012 (6:32 pm)

    There will be absolutely no forgiving from me. No forgetting either…

  • G September 11, 2012 (6:53 pm)


    Your argument is tantamount to excusing Hitler for the death camps because the allies forced harsh peace terms on Germany.

    Justification is a slippery slope to the abyss.

  • Joe September 11, 2012 (7:04 pm)

    It’s God’s job to forgive, not mine.

  • Marcus M September 11, 2012 (9:36 pm)

    No one cares what or whom any of you forgive. Knock yourselves out

  • JEFF V September 12, 2012 (2:00 am)

    here are just 343 reason to not forgive AND NEVER FORGET..
    The FDNY announces the line-of-duty death of a member by broadcasting signal “5-5-5-5” over the department radio to all firehouses and units in the field.
    This dates back to the days when department communications were done by bell signals.

    The bells would ring five times in four sets announcing the death of a firefighter.

    Now, it is done verbally with the dispatcher saying, “Signal four-fives is transmitted to all units. It is with regret the department announces the death of…” 343 firefighters of FDNY


  • Sonoma September 12, 2012 (3:21 am)

    Remember the heroes who lost their lives. Remember the men, woman, and children who died in fear and pain, or who will be forever scarred by this hideous attack. Think of the barbaric Sharia law, which represses and punishes women. Think of the extremists and fanatics who killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya over a freakin’ movie just yesterday. Forgive? Hell, no!

  • JoAnne September 12, 2012 (7:31 am)

    The US has never done anything that is the moral equivalent of this unprovoked attack on innocent civilians.
    In fact most of what we do in the world is to help others. We are going broke providing billions of dollars in aid every year and protecting Europe.
    It is plain evil to project this absurd national self-loathing, especially on young, impressionable kids.
    What they need to know is how great this country is and *why* it is great or they will not be able to preserve our fragile institutions of freedom and independence. The threats have NOT gone away.

  • T-Rex September 12, 2012 (9:17 am)

    Skeptic, well said.

    Everything changed on 9-11, I will never forget that day and I have never cried more than coming home and watching the horrible attacks on our country. And if you have forgotten, you don’t deserve to live in this great country of ours.

    There will be no forgiving. Ever.

  • NeoYogi September 12, 2012 (12:50 pm)

    “Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

    Forgiveness isn’t for them, it’s for you. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you condone or forget. It lets you move forward.

  • WS expat September 12, 2012 (5:55 pm)

    Forgiveness? Too soon.

Sorry, comment time is over.