Visiting the 9/11 Memorial was surreal

September 10, 2014 in Best of Both, Emotions, memories, travel

Visiting the 9/11 Memorial was surreal.

As a native New Yorker and one amongst those millions present on the island of Manhattan on the day we were attacked, I’m never going to forget the events of that day.  Quite frankly, nearly thirteen years later, I am still mad as hell about the tragic loss of life and just disgusted with the nineteen terrorists, al-Qaeda and just anyone who hates so much that cost nearly three thousand innocent Americans their lives.

With that being said, my oldest daughter Kaitlyn and I visited the memorial and the museum this summer.  The two pools set in the footprints of the original Twin Towers were so large.  Within each pool there are thirty foot waterfalls that cascade down and then into another square in the middle of each pool.  You can’t see the bottom.  They call it a descending void.  To me it was perfect.  Around the outer edge of each pool each name of those who lost their lives from the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, Flight 93 as well as those who lost their lives during the 1993 Islamist bombing of the underground garage.  Additionally under the bronze inscriptions of those remembered, you could touch the water that would eventually become part of the waterfall and then the void.

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It was a perfect design to me, because there is such a large void.  I don’t have a better way to explain it.

The museum itself was intense.  It was an emotional day visiting this sacred ground zero and I was so moved by being there.  I remember visiting the World Trade Center for my tenth birthday and going to Windows on the World on the

 

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107th floor of the North World Trade Center.  My parents then took my younger brother when he turned ten.  My plan was to take my daughter Kaitlyn on her tenth birthday, however cowards robbed us of that experience when they attacked our country.

Going through the museum took us nearly three hours, there were interactive timelines of the events as they unfolded that fateful day.  There were also very compelling oral histories from family members, first responders, lower Manhattan residents, survivors and recovery workers. There was so much information that I realized I never saw due to the shock and haze we were in, just trying to live our daily lives and commuting back and forth to Manhattan.  I thought it was very interesting to see the reaction of people and country’s around the world.  There seemed to be quite a bit of empathy and shock over the attacks.

By the time we left, I had a horrible headache which I attribute to the stress and crying.  Honestly, we didn’t see everything, but we saw enough.

Enough to never forget what occurred that beautiful day in September.

Enough to know how many brave, selfless, courageous people there are in this world known as the first responders.

Enough to be still so saddened and angry by the tragic horrors of that day.

Enough to see how our city and our country united.

Enough to know I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world, because Freedom is not Free.

God Bless America now and always!

photo credit: Morguefile.com

For tickets or more information visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum on-line

or you can call (212) 312-8800 

GENERAL ADMISSION

Adult $24.00
Senior (65+) $18.00
U.S. Veteran $18.00
U.S. College Student $18.00
Youth (7-17)* $15.00

*Children under the age of 6 are free.

Special consideration groups, please click the appropriate link below:

FDNY/NYPD/PAPD $12.00 with valid ID
9/11 Family Members Free
Museum Members Free with valid membership
9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers Free with registration
Active/Retired U.S. Military Free with valid ID

Free Admission Tuesdays
Admission is free for all visitors on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. to close, with the last entry at 7 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available for online reservation two weeks in advance of each Tuesday evening starting at 9 a.m. Same day tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket windows starting at 4:30 p.m.

CONTACT SALES DEPARTMENT
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST
Phone: (212) 266-5211 
Email: reservations@911memorial.org

 

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