September 11 was a day not only of reflection, but also of expression.
It is a day that does not pass without people across the country remembering the terrorist attacks on this country and all the lives that were lost on that date in 2001.
Local chalk artist Rebecca Lowe expresses herself through her chalk art drawings everywhere downstream.
When an invitation was extended by Lauren Lilly of Bubba’s 33 to Taylor for Lowe to create an illustration honoring the victims and acknowledging the impact the day symbolizes in history, she was honored to do so.
“I wanted to do a 9/11 memorial chalk,” Lowe said. “I asked where I was on Facebook and Lauren suggested I come up with the ‘Saluting Sailor’ with her 9/11 memorial walls he created.”
The sailor is John Heidenreich and this marks his fifth year standing in the salute position for hours on September 11 in a show of respect and honor for all service members, present and past.
This year, Heidenreich added a special decoration, its own 245-foot 9/11 Memorial Wall, made up of 30 white vinyl banners, with the 2,977 names of those who died in the attacks.
It’s the first of its kind in the state, he said.
It also included 10 posters between the banners.
This is the first time that Lowe has teamed up with someone to present one of his designs.
“It was so beautiful,” Lowe said of Heidenreich’s presentation. “A veteran prayed for me and told me to go on and keep doing these chalk works to teach future children. I was in tears.
Lowe’s drawing depicts the towers of the World Trade Center with an American flag draping over one of the buildings.
The words “We the People” are written on a ribbon that extends across the top and the words “Will Never Forget 9/11” complete the ribbon at the bottom.
An image of an eagle with a tear falling from its eye is the centerpiece of the design.
“It was such a great turnout and impressive display from him,” Lowe said of Heidenreich.
Many have also described Lowe’s chalk art as stunning work, aptly reminiscent of a solemn day.
“This drawing in particular turned out much better than expected,” she said. “I’m extremely proud of this one. I’ve never done 9/11 chalk before. This is my very first memorial for that.
“Julie Woelke Green and her twins Emma and Ella sat with me for quite a while and the girls were so sweet and supportive. It was the perfect opportunity to teach the next generation about 9/11.