The story of St. Peter’s Chapel, located minutes away from the two fallen twin towers, reminds of us of hope following devastation.
On September 11, 2001 dust and ash filled the chapel, the pulpit and pews were removed later on only be destroyed by a rainstorm days later. The chapel became a haven for construction workers, police offers, fire fighters, and anyone who came to seek spiritual guidance during the catastrophe.
Ultimately, the whole area was transformed into a place of healing. Pews that were once delegated only to presidents served as areas where workers were healed with braces and slings. If you visit the chapel now you will see artwork and banners all over the walls, offering hope and gratitude for everyone who came to help. There are several memorial offerings so people can commemorate loved ones that died or write down whatever thoughts they would like. Plaques, stories, pictures, mementos, police and fire fighter badges are everywhere, reminding visitors just how many people came to help out following the attacks on 9/11
The Chapel is a place that will bring you to tears, reminding you of devastation, also at the same time making you not forgot all types of people, from all walks of life that came to help out. Seeing badges from territories throughout the United States, and pictures of people that lost their lives in service, its hard not to feel touched. There were also artists, psychologists, ministers and many other people that opened up their hearts and time to help others. We will never forget this tragic day, but we can find hope in all the people that reassured our sense of humanity.
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