Sep
11

September 11 again

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I have nothing new to add to what I’ve already written, but I want to say that the indefatigable Vittorio Orio rowed his gondola today (with a partner), to keep alive the memory of the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center towers.

Someday I’ll have a long talk with him to discover why he feels such an attachment to New York — specifically, to the firemen of New York — and more about this always moving gesture which he has made every year since 2002.

He focuses on the firemen for his own reasons, but is fully aware of everyone else who was there.  Meanwhile, it’s enough to know that he remembers.

Vittorio Orio on the stern of his gondola, rowing with a partner across the Bacino of San Marco toward some distant point.  Perhaps the basilica of the Madonna della Salute, maybe the length of the Grand Canal.  The point is, he went.

Vittorio Orio on the stern of his gondola, rowing with a partner across the Bacino of San Marco.  Note fireman’s helmet atop the coffin.

We all know that life, in some way, must go on. This glimpse of the morning's activity in the Bacino of San Marco is just one of countless possible illustrations. But Vittorio Orio is totally undeterred by this, which I think must be one really impressive illustration of what "remember" means.

We all know that life, in some way, must go on. This glimpse of the morning’s activity in the Bacino of San Marco is just one of countless possible illustrations. But Vittorio Orio is totally undeterred by this, which I think must be one really impressive illustration of what “remember” means.

 

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Comments

  1. Mary Ann DeVlieg says:

    Thank you, too, Erla, for a truly moving post. And thanks to Vittorio. And … lest we forget, the firemen. And….

  2. Thank you Erla! The press didn’t report this moving event. I posted your text and the splendid image in the website of Italia Nostra Venezia.

    • Erla Zwingle says:

      Thank you — I’m very flattered. I have huge admiration and respect for him, as you might imagine.

  3. Alexandra Seutcheu says:

    Recently visited Venice at the end of October and fell in love with the place. I found your wonderful blog when googling ‘Saint Martin biscuits venice’ – because the biscuits were for sale when we were there although not yet Saint Martin’s Day.
    Thank you for your insights and wealth of knowledge and great writing.
    Alex,
    Geneva