Thursday, September 10, 2009
We Must Never Forget ....
"We can, in the midst of tragedy, find God."
wife of Pepperdine alumnus,
Thomas E. Burnett, Jr.,
a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Atop the very highest point on Pepperdine's campus,the campus where Matt and Jessica both graduated from and Taylor now attends,is the Heroe's Garden.The Heroe's Garden is a beautiful ,tranquil place over looking the Pacific Ocean.The view is breathtaking.The spirit manifested there is beyond compare.The Heroes Garden, a 14,880-square-foot outdoor sanctuary that sits on one of the highest bluffs on Pepperdine's Malibu campus, serves as a public space to pause, reflect, and honor those who sacrificed their lives on that fateful day, including Tom Burnett, alumnus of the Graziadio School of Business and Management. The garden features a fountain that spills into a trough leading to an infinity pool that faces the Pacific Ocean. It also includes boulders inscribed with poignant quotes, a sycamore grove, and indigenous materials to complement its natural environment.On the day we dropped off Taylor, we headed up to this most sacred place and we paused and we reflected and we remembered.
Today,may we also pause and remember.May we never,ever forget the events of September 11th,2001 or more importantly,may we never forget all the innocent lives lost and the lives forever changed because of actions born of hatred.May we choose love ... at all times,at all costs,choose love.