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Old 09-11-2002, 11:44 PM   #1
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Something I thought would be of importance today of all days

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A lil essay..I wrote up just now. The photo I refer to is the first photo.




Perhaps for me the most important part of healing after sept 11th. Took place in an strange place, in a strange way. I had left my house that day for Hamilton Ontario to see u2. I had been nervous about crossing the border in such tense times. I'm of Indian descent, and I knew I'd go through quite good inspection at the border. I had tried to obtain an American flag that day at a few stores before I left. No store had them, they were sold out. I don't even know why I wanted to take one to the show. It was in Canada for one, and number two, there was no guarantee of a result. I've never seen the band acknowledge anything but irish flags at shows. I had given up on my search for a flag, and was getting ready to leave. And while walking out, I saw it. Hanging from the standard on my house, waving in the October breeze, as if in defiance of not only the events in the world, but the very breeze that had caught it. I took it down, and folded it in the proper fashion and placed in the passenger seat of my car.


Heavy traffic at teh border due to inspections, I waited it out patiently, struggling with the radio to keep music on and the news off. I arrived at the US checkpoint before the border.


"Citizenship?"

"American"

" Do you have a passport?" He said almost doubtful that I would produce one. I retrieved it from my glove compartment, and showed it to him.

" Can I see your drivers liscence sir?" I reached for my wallet and was about to take out my liscence when he reached in and took it from my hand. And rifled through it as if it was a cracklords apartment. He tossed it to me brusquely. He pointed to the backseat of my car.

" Sir is that your bag in the back"

"yes"

"can you step out of you vehicle and hand it to me?"

"Uhh..I guess" About to step out he interjected for me to turn my engine off. I complied and handed him my bag. Which he promptly unzipped, and dumped out on the sidewalk with me standing there and every one looking at me. He looked at the contents and almost dissapointed motioned me Along

" Pick it up toss it in the bag and move along". Canadian customs was far more relaxed and at last, I was in canada.


I had ended up at the tip of the heart with my flag. And it was during Sunday bloody sunday when he walked up to the tip of the heart after stopping a fan from an irish flag from throwing it at him with the remark " I have a better idea". He then moved from teh back of the stage to the flag he had eyed before. And took it from me, embracing it. I can never forget. Taking the frief of my nation to the concert with me that day. That moment is etched in my memory just as that photo is etched on your screen. It was a watershed moment. No longer in my mind was September 11th an American issue, it was an issue of all the free peoples of the world. My hero, took the flag from me, he shared the grief that I had felt the grief that America felt and reproduced this event at many shows. I'm glad I that not only did that moment exist for me, but for all of us that attended third leg shows. The humilaition at the border, the pain of September 11th, the times we lived in all exist in one moment for me. A moment that thanks to this photo, I can share with all of you who weren't at the show that night.




Arun





PS hayley..that photo means so much to me..I can never thank you enough
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Re: Something I thought would be of importance today of all days

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[i]Originally posted by Arun V

I had ended up at the tip of the heart with my flag. And it was during Sunday bloody sunday when he walked up to the tip of the heart after stopping a fan from an irish flag from throwing it at him with the remark " I have a better idea". He then moved from teh back of the stage to the flag he had eyed before. And took it from me, embracing it. I can never forget. Taking the grief of my nation to the concert with me that day. That moment is etched in my memory just as that photo is etched on your screen. It was a watershed moment. No longer in my mind was September 11th an American issue, it was an issue of all the free peoples of the world. My hero, took the flag from me, he shared the grief that I had felt the grief that America felt and reproduced this event at many shows. I'm glad I that not only did that moment exist for me, but for all of us that attended third leg shows.

Arun

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Thank you for reliving your feelings so eloquently. You definitely inspired Bono in many ways that evening and made it part of my personal healing process in all the ways I expected the night I saw U2 perform 'Walk On' on the Tribute. I sat there and cried. I have to see U2 in Hamilton, I thought, knowing my husband was totally against me going out of the country during this crisis. I made it to Hamilton for the most spiritual wake and memorial service i've attended. Anger, tears and laughter (with you right in the middle of the tears and mucho laughter). And to think I had no idea who you were at the time.


Arun, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!
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Arun, Thanks for sharing. Great pictures, it is the first time I saw them.

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arun, that is so cool!
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Great Essay! I love what you had to say about the flag! I felt the same way!
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AWESOME story, Arun. and even BETTEr photos. *is speechless*

Yeah that third leg was something allright. Probably my turning point after 9-11. It helped me to somewhat recover. In fact I specifically remember the new and Improved "one" with the Name credits...I just cried. But it was a bittersweet cry. That was such an amazing tribute....It was very symbolic of all those people floating up to heaven, if you will. Everywhere I looked there were names floating onward and upward. That really touched me.

In fact, does anyone remember how weird it was...I remember Sept 11 was the day U2 was to officially announce Dates and venues for the Third leg of their tour. I had 9-11 marked with big Smilies and stars in my planner...I was so excited to wake up that day. And then we turned on the TV to Hell on Earth.
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Arun-
Ive said it once I will say it again.
Your one inspired impulsive act started an entire trend for the 3rd Leg of the Elevtion Tour 2001.

From that point on -

Bono made it clear graphically what side of the line he stood on re 9-11.
One the of themes of the 3rd leg was created from your gesture and Bono's interaction.

I could go on and on..we talked about this many many times before on the phone as you are a damn chatter-box
My point-
The good act of one influnces many
things sometimes.

Good job-
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thanks arun. this is a wonderful thread. i remember how healing and cathartic those third leg shows were for me. this brought it all back.
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That's very impressive

Arun, those photos are amazingly good. It must have been an unforgettable experience for you. Man, I wish I had been lucky in getting tickets for atleast one of the legs of the elevation tour. Hope there is another tour in future. And I hope its as good as what people say the Elevation tour was.
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Wonderful thread Arun...It brings back some really nice memories...

Here is the incredible photo that my friend Hayley (ZooGrl on Interf.) took:

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