September 11 was a day not only of reflection, but also of expression.
It’s a day that doesn’t go by without people around the country remembering the terrorist attacks on this country and all of the lives that were lost on that date back in 2001.
Local chalk artist Rebecca Lowe expresses herself through her chalk art drawings all over Downriver.
When an invitation was presented by Lauren Lilly of Bubba’s 33 in Taylor for Lowe to create an illustration honoring the victims and recognizing the impact the day symbolizes in history, she was honored to do it.
“I wanted to do a 9/11 memorial chalk,” Lowe said. “I asked where I should on Facebook and Lauren suggested I come up with the ‘Saluting Sailor’ with his 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 Sept. 11 in a show of respect and honor for all service members, present and past.
This year, Heidenreich added a special decoration, his own 245-foot 9/11 Memorial Wall, consisting of 30 white vinyl banners, with all 2,977 names of those who died as a result of the attacks.
It is the first of its kind in the state, he said.
He also included 10 posters in between the banners.
This is the first time Lowe has teamed up with anyone to present one of her drawings.
“It was so beautiful,” Lowe said of Heidenreich’s display. “A veteran prayed over me and told me to keep going and keep doing these chalk works to teach future kids. I was in tears.”
Lowe’s drawing depicts the World Trade Center towers with an American flag draping one of the buildings.
The words, “We the People” are written on a ribbon stretching 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 trickling from its eye is the centerpiece of the drawing.
“It was such a beautiful turnout and an awesome display by him,” Lowe said of Heidenreich.
Many also described Lowe’s chalk art as a stunning piece of work, properly remembering a solemn day.
“This particular drawing turned out way better than expected,” she said. “I am extremely proud of this one. I have never done a 9/11 chalk before. This is my very first memorial for that.
“Julie Woelke Green and her twin daughters, Emma and Ella, sat with me for quite a while and the girls were so sweet and encouraging. It was the perfect opportunity to teach the next generation about 9/11.”