AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Today, the world remembered the thousands who were lost during the September 11 terrorist attacks.
News Leader 9 watched as an ancient ritual provided healing and comfort to some in our area during this difficult day.
American Flags circled the 911 Honor Walk on Auburn University's campus. The intricate labyrinth is described as a mini-pilgrimage focused on healing.
"The way in is the way of release and of letting go, the center is a place of receiving the blessing and the way out is a way or reintegration going back to the place, back to the kitchen sink, back to the mess to go back and bless the world," said Turning Point consultant Zara Renander.
Walkers can fill out a memorial card, and then carry it with a stone to represent their burden. Reaching the center, the stone or burden is put down. The water is symbolic of your pain washing away, and you then light candle and walk out.
"It's a real healing experience, to take a rock and lay it down and to walk out is a very profound imagery and it is great for healing whatever it is we have been through," said chaplain Major Alva Ray Bennett, a Fort Benning soldier.
"I walked not for one person, but for all the moms and dads who died on 911 and all of the children and I wondered where they are now and hope they knew we are thinking about them," said Nan Fairly, a journalism professor at Auburn University.
Dr. Johnny Green with AU's Veterans Affairs worked with Turning Point Consultants to bring the Honor Walk to campus while placing veteran's services booths on the outskirts.
"There are phenomenal services out there, for veterans and families so we said you know bring them to a place where ether weather healing and restoration and why not grab information to continue that healing and be all you can be?" said Dr. Green.
The organizers say therapeutic walks like this are used all time with sexual assault and abuse victims... and it's a powerful tool for healing.
Everyone is encouraged to walk the path at Auburn University. It will remain in front of Cater Hall until the rain washes it away.