FALLBROOK – The community is invited to visit the Brandon Gallery in Fallbrook to view the 2nd annual exhibition and art competition, “Remembering 9/11.” A piece of the Pentagon is on display, which is owned by Linda Stewart, Stephen Stewart’s widow, and she is sharing this memorial and his reflections with the community of Fallbrook.
September 11, 2001 – Reflection by Stephen Stewart
“Reality took that day off. Where I was, there was much suffering, but there was also the glory of brave soldiers risking their lives for others. I’m proud to number several of those soldiers as my friends. One friend of mine entered the fire seven times and saved seven lives. Another friend did the same thing. Interestingly, he swore me to secrecy and begged me to tell no one. He had quite a case of survivor’s guilt. One man I knew snuck out of his office that morning for a smoke. Everyone in his office was killed except him. I knew a pretty Air Force dental technician. She was decorated for her heroic care of the wounded. She also made sure that the press didn’t photograph our dead – a fine young Airman in every way. With the suffering, there was such valor.”
Visitors to the gallery, 105 North Main Avenue, can also vote for the people’s choice award in the art competition until Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. Entry fees from the competition will benefit the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924.
The winners will be announced at a reception held at the gallery Sunday, Sept. 10. The community is welcome. Fallbrook Propane Gas Company is sponsoring the competition.