9/11 Tribute Alongside Homeless Christmas Tree

Handmade twin towers appear near Homeless Christmas Tree

By Bruce Felps
|  Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011  |  Updated 12:31 PM CDT
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9/11 Tribute Alongside Homeless Tree

Mike Heimbuch

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by Bruce Felps

The Homeless Christmas Tree in Fort Worth — just off Interstate 30 past the Oakland Boulevard exit — stands as a kind of testament to the indomitable human spirit in the face of hardship.

Someone added another symbol of the American spirit.

A handmade commemoration of the events of 9/11, complete with a carved rendering of the World Trade Center twin towers, recently appeared at the site.

We don’t know yet who created and placed the shrine-like carving but due props should be expressed. Anyone?

Anyway, the carving stands, I hope, as a reminder of the unilateral cooperation people of all stripes in this country extended to others. Hell, muggers in New York stopped mugging in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks.

Now, just a scant 10 years later, we seem to have lost that pull for the mutual good — kind of like we lose that whole "good will toward men" Christmas attitude by Jan. 15 — and have fractured off again into screaming, frothing special interest groups out to further our own agendas, the benefit of the U.S.A. be damned as long as we get our partisan way.

Here’s hoping one person’s humble effort to honor the victims and commemorate the events of 9/11 returns a sense of mutual respect and caring across Congressional aisles and political divides, and reminds us of the common goal — a better United States.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He usually doesn’t get all patriotically mushy but day-um.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.

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