On our way back after visiting Wenchuan and Maoxian, our guide detoured and stopped for us to view the 2008 Earthquake Memorial Site. This was actually the site of Xuankou Secondary School which was destroyed during the earthquake. The buildings remained as they were after the quake and the whole area has been cordoned off and made a memorial site. Sadness filled our hearts as we walked the grounds that cold afternoon. A plaque at the site detailed events of that tragic day in May where more than 43 students, 8 teachers, 2 workers and 2 family members perished.
The town surrounding the school has been completely rebuilt. Our guide told us that money for that was donated by the people of Hong Kong. Children play in the streets and people go about their daily chores.
Silence was in the air as we left the memorial site. Each of us left to our own thoughts.
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