Let the Beauty of what you Love be what you Do...
~Rumi

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Stop in Winslow, Arizona


I had heard of & have seen pictures of "Standin' on the Corner" Park in Winslow, Arizona, but had never stopped while on the road to & from New Mexico. This time I decided to stop & see check it out. The artwork was done by illusionist mural artist John Pugh & was based on the famous 1972 Eagle's song Take it Easy.  It's well worth the visit if you happen to be passing through~ the mural work is awesome.





 The requisite "Flatbed Ford" parked on the corner.

On a more somber note, Winslow is also home to this "Remembrance Garden," to honor those fallen in the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

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 I don't know how many states in the U.S have a memorial such as this. As sad as it was to visit, I think it is important to remember. The steel beams are actual pieces from what was left behind from the World Trade Towers. 



As I ran my hand over the twisted metal, I reflected back on the day of the attack. I'm sure every American knows exactly where they were at that moment... and we all shared the horror, fear, grief and the uncertainty in days (weeks, months, years) that followed.


My thoughts drifted to those that were lost, and the grief of their families and loved ones. In a single day~ Sept 11, 2001, the life of every American forever changed... 

11 comments:

Annie said...

Beautiful monument. Miss you, call you Sunday. xoxo

marianne said...

as soon as i saw winslow arizona my mind supplied the rest of the verse- so glad there's a girl (my lord) in a flatbed ford on the corner. and on a more somber note it is something to have actual pieces of the wtc there as a memorial and i wonder how many such places there in the us that we dont know about and am wishing we had something similar here.

sandy said...

Hey Becky, when I was a kid, we passed through Winslow on our way to California to visit family several times.

I am with you, the song pops into my head everytime I hear the town name. Can you believe I actually know a woman who was standing on the corner in Winslow as a young woman when a Maine solider from a nearby base stopped to chat. She came back to Maine with him and is now, in her 70's, is still one of the most beautiful Navajo woman I have ever met, but with a Maine accent!

The monument is wonderful. I wonder too, how many others there are scattered around the country.

Ms. Becky said...

I didn't make the connection but I've sang that song in my head so many times! it never occurred to me to actually look up the locale, and now I don't have to because you've done it for me. I like the art work very much. thanks for sharing, and I hope you're having a great time on your travels.

Linda Starr said...

Oh wow, we have done so much traveling and I don't think we've ever been to Winslow, I better not let Gary see this or he'll want to leave immediately especially with those old trucks. Soon very soon we need to go somewhere, I do love the Southwest, you are sure to have a grand time in your travels. The sculptures are wonderful, at first glance I thought they were made of clay.

Pat said...

We stopped in Winslow, AZ and I took the same photos! But I didn't see the Remembrance Garden. I wonder when that was erected? We also visited La Posada Hotel. Did you go there? It was quite grand!

Barb said...

Hi Becky - Esp love the couple through the window shot! I want to know their story! I grieve whenever I think of 9/11 - we lost a young friend on the Pentagon plane. Hope you're staying cool and having fun.

Randy said...

I have often wondered where this was at. I have always been too in a rush to stop and explore. I will have make it a point next time. I hope your enjoying your trip.

Bernie said...

Interesting post. I loved the murals but I really enjoyed seeing the memorials to 911. I have never seen one before. It surely does bring it home to one, doesn't it? I think often of the people that died there. Little did they know when they got up that morning what was going to befall them. What a shock to their families and how does one get through something like that?

One must live each day to the fullest. I know I don't and I know I should.

clairz said...

I'll bet everyone who stops in Winslow, Arizona starts humming that song. I know we did! Hope you are enjoying time with your family, Becky.

Kate said...

Great post, not only because of Route 66, the lyrics but the Memorial Site is pretty sobering. Thanks for the memories...both good and bad!