Stockbridge artist, Barbara Frazier, said that after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, she wanted to find a way to remember the victims, and to encourage others to do so.
Two planes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, one hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a fourth was crashed in Shanksville, Pa.
"The feelings that I was having, I felt like other people were having the same thing," said Frazier. "I knew that as time passed, people would not feel the same anxiety. I felt like their reaction would be less. The further away we get from an incident, the less we are shocked by it."
Her solution was to create artwork, depicting the attacks and their aftermath. Thirty-seven of Frazier's paintings will be on display Sunday, at Locust Grove City Hall, during the county-wide observance of the 10th anniversary of the assault.
Starting today, other efforts are also under way to remember and honor first responders, and others who died on Sept. 11, ten years ago. This morning, 430 students, faculty and staff members at Locust Grove Elementary in Locust Grove, are scheduled to come together in their patriotic red-white-and-blue shirts. Students from the school plan to create a "Freedom Chain" and present it to Police Chief Jesse Patton. Each student will receive a link and write a sentence of what a hero is, or one thanking a service member.
Elsewhere in the county, a "Heroes Lunch at Eagle's Landing Middle School," in McDonough, is scheduled. First responders have been invited. The overall, 9/11 county observance will be on the lawn of the Locust Grove City Hall, Sunday, at 7 p.m. There will be a special segment to honor current, and past, soldiers, said Locust Grove Downtown Development Coordinator Linda Hutchison.
Jim Wishnia, a volunteer firefighter with a New York fire department during the 9/11 attack, is donating a piece of metal from the World Trade Center that was hit twice by airplanes, and collapsed. Other activities will be held, but the one in Locust Grove is most prominent. The county's observance will end on Sunday, but the artwork by Frazier will be at several county locations, until Sept. 18.
Frazier began working on her first 9/11 painting, entitled "Liberty Reacts," the day after the attacks. It depicts the Statue of Liberty among the ruins of the World Trade Center.
The first three paintings — "Liberty Reacts," "Wings of Justice," and "Heroes in the Sky" — were completed by Nov. 15, 2001. Her other creations include "The Fireman Prays," and "The Fireman's Flag," which contains the names of 343 emergency workers who died in the aftermath of the attacks. Frazier said the public has responded well to the art, but the paintings are not for sale. "The mission was to paint the paintings, and the assignment was to display them. But, to make money off them, just feels wrong."
Kris Cawley owns The Cawley Group, a real-estate business on the McDonough Square, where 16 of Frazier's paintings hang. "We have to remember," said Cawley. Additional art is on display at Chafin Furniture, 15 Griffin St., in McDonough.
Faye Meyer, works as Cawley's assistant. In September of 2001, Meyer was working in Arlington, Va., near the Pentagon, where one plane crashed. "We were going across the 14th Street bridge when the plane hit the Pentagon," said Meyer, Wednesday. "You could just see the smoke billowing up, and we knew that the second plane had hit in New York. So, we knew then that something was terribly wrong."
Bill and Wilma Malbrough, of McDonough, were watching television at home when the second plane hit the World Trade Center. They came to see Frazier's work, this week.
"It carries a lot of meaning, emotion and a message," said Bill Malbrough, an aircraft mechanic at Robins Air Force Base. "It's really moving," said his wife, a real-estate agent. "It's a picture of hope."
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