by June Portnoy
The girls in Girl Scout Troop #21279 from Northampton were not even a year old when 9/11 occurred, and yet throughout their young lives they have all heard about this tragedy that has forever changed our country.
When Girl Scout Leader Lori Trojak asked her troop where they wanted to go to celebrate their last year as Junior Girl Scouts, they decided on New York City. During a planning meeting of places to visit in the city, they unanimously agreed that the highlight of their trip would be the 9/11 Memorial.
“Our purpose of visiting the Memorial was to take a pilgrimage to the actual site where this tragic event had happened,” says Lori. “We also wanted to keep the memory of those who died alive.”
The Girl Scouts created a wreath to take to the Memorial.
“Every part of the wreath was symbolic,” says Girl Scout Emily Lubinski.
The wreath itself represents a circle of hope. The girls placed a teal sash across it because that is the color of the Juniors Girl Scout’s uniforms.
They wrote each person’s name from Bucks County who had died that day on a banner placed on the wreath. Red, white and blue flowers adorned the wreath.
“We each wrote our name on a piece of paper with a private message or quote to those who are remembered at the Memorial, and then attached our messages to the wreath,” adds Jessica Wang.
On April 21st the girls took the train to New York.