Friday, September 16, 2011

A Reminder On A Day Of Reflection

Many Americans were glued to last Sunday's television coverage of 9/11 observances in New York, Washington, D.C. or in a central Pennsylvania field. Others chose to mark the day closer to home, with observances in their own communities.

As for me, I felt drawn to a place that has nothing to do with the terror attacks on our country a decade ago. A place not far from my home.

The Petit Memorial Garden on Sorghum Mill Drive in Cheshire.

Perhaps a visit there may seem like an odd choice when the rest of the world is focused on such a milestone event. But having stood across the street from the house that use to sit there, watching as investigators worked to piece together the horror that had occurred inside on a rainy July day over four years ago, I felt a visit to the garden was warranted.

Some of what drew me there was the upcoming trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky, one of the two men caught fleeing from the Petit home. The other man arrested that day, Steven Hayes, was convicted last year of murdering Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley and Michaela.

Komisarjevksy's trial starts Monday in New Haven and he has entered a plea of not guilty. But even more than a week before the trial, social media was already buzzing with calls for Hayes' alleged partner in crime to get what he has coming to him, at least in the opinion of the public.

Twitter posts about Komisarjevsky used terms that sounded like they came out of the Wild West or bad prison movies: Hang Him High, Fry Him.

But my purpose for writing this blog entry and paying a brief visit to the memorial garden on 9/11 has nothing to with outcome of the trial or whether the media coverage of it does anything to fan the flames of such blood thirsty sentiments.

I went there to remind myself on 9/11 that not all evil visited upon us, whether it is done collectively or individually, comes from outside this country's borders. It can come from across an ocean, but it can also be delivered to our doorsteps by people who live within our communities, within our states.

Evil doesn't have to come from people with foreign sounding first names Ahmed and Mohamed. It can come from people with names like Steven and Joshua.

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