Empty sky

When I was in New Jersey in April, I visited Liberty Park.

It’s home to the Empty Sky memorial

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And the outdoor waiting area and old railway station

That used to take immigrants to their new homes all over the USA.

Both places are near each other — and it struck me

How they are almost opposites: the one being all about destruction and loss;

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The other (in need of renovation – see last photo) a reminder of an age of tolerance and understanding.

Now that there is a harder attitude to refugees and immigrants and otherness

Around the world – it is somehow comforting to think that once the sky wasn’t empty,

But filled with open arms for people looking for a better life.

There was less ‘we and them’ and more ‘us’.

It’s my hope that there will be less hate and more love in the world.

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Immigrant waiting area

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73 responses

  1. Thank you for this remembrance!

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    September 12, 2016 at 16:02

  2. Hello, lovely post and images. I wish for more peace and love in the world. Less hate. Thanks for sharing. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    September 12, 2016 at 16:44

  3. Beautiful written and beautiful pictures-as always. Your pictures have something comforting about them!

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    September 12, 2016 at 16:51

  4. I’ve never seen anyone post this before… Beautiful… In fact, I’m not sure I have any blog friends who have posted anything from New Jersey… I had never thought of that… Our country has prided itself for bringing lots and lots of immigrants here for many many years—people who work hard and want a new life and are happy to be here. I hope that can continue —if they will come LEGALLY and if they are willing to work hard and live peaceful lives –happy to have the freedom we enjoy. Life is not easy these days when it comes to immigration, when people only come here to commit crimes and/or to expect a ‘free’ ride without working hard, or to complain about our country/traditions… PRAYERS are needed for America (and for all countries around the world experiencing this).

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    September 12, 2016 at 16:52

  5. Beautiful photos! One day, love will remain. Have a great day!

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    September 12, 2016 at 16:53

  6. I’ve become less tolerant after what happened. There was no need for what was done, the innocent are always the ones who pay

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    September 12, 2016 at 17:28

    • The innocent people on all sides are the ones to pay, unfortunately.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      September 12, 2016 at 21:58

  7. A lovely post, Fi. I echo your sentiments.

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    September 12, 2016 at 17:36

  8. Very moving and lovely post.

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    September 12, 2016 at 17:39

  9. We have entered such a sad bit of our history, your photos and thoughts are so touching.

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    September 12, 2016 at 17:40

  10. Yes!! More “us”!!! Lovely post. 🙂

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    September 12, 2016 at 18:03

  11. Fabulous shots!!!!

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    September 12, 2016 at 18:34

  12. It is touching. Loss and renewal…

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    September 12, 2016 at 18:51

  13. I’m hoping right along with you, Fi.

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    September 12, 2016 at 19:07

  14. touching words paired with brilliant shots !

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    September 12, 2016 at 19:27

  15. I have exactly the pictures you put up here. I wish i could have see the Twin Towers 15 years back.
    Wish for Peace around.

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    September 12, 2016 at 19:46

  16. such beautiful shots and words Fiona. i too wish for more togetherness

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    September 12, 2016 at 19:59

  17. Excellent photo.
    They all tell us.
    Greetings, Fiona.

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    September 12, 2016 at 21:33

  18. Kudos on those lovely shots

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    September 12, 2016 at 22:02

  19. Wonderful captures and so many contrasts. More love and less hate in the world ,,, we certainly need that and that always starts with each one of us.

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    September 12, 2016 at 22:57

  20. interesting. I never heard about this place.

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    September 12, 2016 at 23:29

  21. unfortunately terrorists have entered the country under the disguise of refugees which is why screening should be harder … I live in NY and the 9/11 15th anniversary was just yesterday … some of the plane hijackers that crashed into the towers had been taking pilot classes in the US … I too wish for peace … there is got to be a better way to keep terrorists out and welcome legitimate immigrants

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    September 12, 2016 at 23:31

  22. I share you hopes. We are much more similar than we are different. All of us.

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    September 12, 2016 at 23:47

  23. Lovely tribute! We have to believe the world will be ok.

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    September 12, 2016 at 23:47

  24. You are very lucky to be able to visit this memorial. I have never been and hope someday I too could go and see. Have a lovely week.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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    September 13, 2016 at 00:09

  25. Thank You

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    September 13, 2016 at 00:44

  26. Bill Dodd

    I agree—- worth a thousand words— Well said, ewok.

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    September 13, 2016 at 01:05

  27. if only…

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    September 13, 2016 at 01:37

  28. Al

    Agreed – less hate and more love and the world would be a better place.

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    September 13, 2016 at 01:46

  29. I visited the memorial back in 2008…the future tower was just a hole in the ground at that time. It was very powerful just to be there. When it’s far away, it doesn’t seem as “real,” but standing in the actual spot just takes your breath away.

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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    September 13, 2016 at 02:41

  30. Ron

    Gorgeous, both your words and images, Fiona! I have never seen a view of NYC and One World Trade Center from the Jersey side, it’s beautiful!

    I especially love the second photo down, it’s stunning!

    I had visited the Twin Towers about a month before the terrorist attacks. In fact, I have photos of my friend and I standing on the observation deck. And whenever I look at those photos, I get chills.

    Thanks so much for sharing this post, my friend! X

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    September 13, 2016 at 02:58

  31. Thats a lovely post and a beautiful sentiment. I couldn’t agree more. At the end of the day most immigrants are just trying to find safety and security for themselves and their families, and not doing anything else than we would do ourselves. Beautiful photos and location as well.

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    September 13, 2016 at 05:26

  32. Very nice and touching post. Great pictures.

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    September 13, 2016 at 10:32

  33. We must never give up hope for a united world.

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    September 13, 2016 at 11:23

  34. Beautiful pictures and words. Here’s to more “us” in the world. 🙂

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    September 13, 2016 at 12:30

  35. Amazing pics. Great post.
    Greetings.

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    September 13, 2016 at 13:05

  36. the outdoor area looks so beautiful. Great photography location.

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    September 13, 2016 at 13:12

  37. So interesting, I’ve never
    heard of this before.

    I wish you a nice day.
    Love Anne-Mari

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    September 13, 2016 at 14:26

  38. It’s been tough around the world, hasn’t it! Canada has embraced more than 25,000 refugees and they are doing so well. It’s a handful, but we can only do the best we can do. I’ve had a fair number of Muslim students in my classrooms and have just adored them. Our multiculutral classrooms as so enriched by refugees. Kids whose families have fled the Gulf War, the Vietnamese Boat People, and they are amazing.

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    September 13, 2016 at 15:48

  39. Somber reminder of the past.

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    September 13, 2016 at 16:13

  40. such beautiful and interesting photos!

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    September 13, 2016 at 16:46

  41. Don

    Beautiful photos and a great sentiment.

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    September 13, 2016 at 16:48

  42. Wonderful images of the city.

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    September 13, 2016 at 17:23

  43. Lovely remembrance photos ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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    September 13, 2016 at 19:50

  44. beautiful.

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    September 13, 2016 at 21:52

  45. Amazing pictures!

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    September 14, 2016 at 00:50

  46. Thank you for the good wishes and the hope…. keep on hoping and praying and sending good wishes for our coming election not to take this country back to the dark ages.

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    September 14, 2016 at 01:27

  47. The composition of that first shot is pure art.

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    September 14, 2016 at 02:54

  48. OMG The second one too. It just uploaded slower.

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    September 14, 2016 at 02:55

  49. I echo your sentiments and am again in awe of your amazing photography. Your post is bittersweet, poignant and oh so beautiful.

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    September 14, 2016 at 03:00

  50. yogiabb

    Well said, my forefathers (and foremothers?) came from Ireland, Denmark, and England.

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    September 14, 2016 at 05:13

  51. Beautiful photos and tribute, very nice colors and compositions

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    September 14, 2016 at 07:55

  52. What a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing such moving pictures and words. The world does need more open arms than hate that keeps them out.

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    September 14, 2016 at 09:41

  53. so beautiful!

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    September 14, 2016 at 11:22

  54. Lynn

    Lovely remembrance post. Thank you – yes, if only there could be less hate and more love. As long as most of us stick to that, we’ll be OK. Let’s hope.

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    September 14, 2016 at 12:26

  55. It wasn’t open when we visited last year. What a shame as it looks wonderful and you got some great shots.

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    September 14, 2016 at 13:58

  56. superbe ce deuxième cliché

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    September 14, 2016 at 15:53

  57. Beautiful series Fi.

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    September 14, 2016 at 17:17

  58. To remember and to hope. I lost a young friend on the Pentagon plane – a close friend and college mate of my sons. It is always a sad day of remembrance for me.

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    September 15, 2016 at 01:49

  59. amazing 🙂

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    September 15, 2016 at 05:58

  60. Wow!Love the memorial shot most

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    September 15, 2016 at 06:27

  61. beautiful text and photos

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    September 15, 2016 at 08:06

  62. We live in strange days – people seem far to willing to judge and far to unwilling to listen.

    Stewart M – Melbourne

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    September 15, 2016 at 11:53

  63. daryledelstein

    i have been there several times .. in fact my shot of the twin towers was taken from where the memorial is years before 2001 but i never noticed the old railroad waiting room/area … fabulous post

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    September 15, 2016 at 15:04

  64. Thank you …. truly appreciate the words you share.

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    September 16, 2016 at 03:41

  65. Great recollection with words and images!

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    September 16, 2016 at 13:08

  66. Incroyable shots of the Empty Sky Memorial Fiona, your hopes are my hopes for future tolerance.

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    September 16, 2016 at 16:44

  67. Thought provoking places, indeed. I believe we all share your hopes..

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    September 16, 2016 at 20:40

  68. Pat

    Impressive !

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    September 16, 2016 at 22:56

  69. As imagens parecem uma pintura de um artista moderno, belíssimas!

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    September 18, 2016 at 01:14

  70. Pat

    I have the same hope Fiona–more love less hate.

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    September 18, 2016 at 07:31

  71. I like the dreamy blue art and buildings. They don’t look at all like veritable.

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    September 20, 2016 at 16:28

  72. infinitamente bello e commovente! un bacio per le bellissime parole!

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    September 24, 2016 at 07:30

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