This heartbreaking tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School students, staff, and community appears on the northeast corner of 5th and Cecil B. Moore in Olde Kensington.
On a wall known for its graffiti, take note as to how this tribute doesn’t contain any visible tags as to the artists who created this (they are on the 5th Street side). This tragedy has affected all of us, and we all have our own way of coping with such a horrendous event. I’m no city spokesman, but I feel as though I can say with some certainty that the city of Philadelphia stands behind the town of Newtown, CT and we share your pain.
“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place ? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.”
Really though? Talk about intolerance. I mean, I didn’t even know they did prayers before the Senate congregated, but was all that objection by elected officials who are paid to represent the public really needed? Not that I support a mix of religion in politics in the first place, but it’s nice to see they invite all religions to lead the prayer. How welcome they are when they arrive is a different story. *SMH*
For the curious, the prayer is “Let us pray. We meditate on the transcendental glory of the deity supreme, who is inside the heart of the earth, inside the life of the sky and inside the soul of heaven. May he stimulate and illuminate our minds. Lead us from the unreal to real, from darkness to light, and from death to immortality. May we be protected together. May we be nourished together. May we work together with great vigor. May our study be enlightening.”