9/11 remembrance wall collecting messages in Tacoma

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by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 6 at 7:13 AM

TACOMA, Wash. -- A makeshift wall, which stands about 20 feet wide and 15 feet high, popped up along Union Avenue in Tacoma over the weekend.  It's called a 9/11 Remembrance Wall and gives the community a chance to post messages about their thoughts and feelings ten years after the terrorist attacks.

"A space like this is a space for people to come and heal," said Dean Curry, pastor at Tacoma's Life Center.

Many of the handwritten notes offer thanks to service members who have fought in Afghanistan since the 9/11 attacks.

Miriam Carpmail wrote a note meant for her grandson, who serves in the Navy.

"I think this is fabulous," Carpmail said of the wall.

Curry recently visited Ground Zero in New York to record a message, which will play at services this weekend.  His message focuses on forgiveness.

"We all have our own personal Ground Zeroes," he said.  "The power of learning lessons and letting go is something every one of us has to come to grips with."

The wall, which is illuminated by lights at night, will remain at the corner of Union Avenue and S. 17th Street through Sunday.

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