Friday, October 4, 2013

9/11 Memorial, NYC

I was so glad I was able to visit the 9-11 Memorial. I headed over alone on the subway after reserving tickets for the afternoon. I have to say I had no idea what to expect. The area is pretty much cleaned up and there is a lot of construction. Of course, there were tons of people.

If you ever decide to go, go early or reserve tickets. It took me only 15 minutes on line to get in. You stand in line and then go through security. After the security area, you walk into the memorial area. The first thing you see are the pools. There are trees and benches but the trees are still small. You also see the museum building that is not open yet. You also see the new building going up. It is huge and it overlooks the memorial. It is actually quite a beautiful building.

When you think of what happened on that fateful day, you feel the ghosts. I didn't know what to do. I saw people taking pictures of themselves but I couldn't being myself to do a "selfie" in front of the pools. What do you do smile and snap away. I felt weird so I decided against taking photos of myself smiling at the memorial.

I walked around a bit and went to the pools. There were quite a few people all over. But even then, it was pretty somber and haunting. It made me sad. It is a beautiful memorial though. of course, because I am a baby, I teared up a few times. When I reached the area where the names of the first responders were, I wanted to cry. When I saw the words: Flight 93, it was jarring.

The saddest part was when I came upon an area where someone had placed a little American Flag on one of the names. That made me almost lose it. I know it sounds silly but even after all these years that moved me. It was just sad to think that a relative or friend did that.

All I have to say that if you ever get the chance, go visit the Memorial.

1 comment:

  1. thank you so much for posting photos! i had a friend go on business and she wouldn't visit, I so badly wanted to see what it was like now! I'd heard it was beautiful, and now I see that it is. I can't imagine the "feeling" you would have visiting the site, but you captured the "spirit" very well!!