The 9/11 Memorial: A time to heal…

Corinne, Eileen and I recently paid a visit to the 9/11 Memorial  located on the footprints of the World Trade Center. Being an American and a New Yorker and having lived through the attacks on the Trade Center, this was a  very emotional and humbling experience. Eileen and Corinne watched the attacks on TV while they were living in Israel. 
I can still vividly  remember watching the first building burn as I was sitting in my car on the Belt Parkway near my school in Brooklyn. I still recall the many families in my school and my hometown of Rockville Centre, who were seriously effected by this tragic act of war. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have suffered a loss and all those first responders who continue to suffer with significant and deadly health problems.

THE 9/11 MEMORIAL…

The 9/11 Memorial is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex, and occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site. According to the Memorial’s website  “the 9/11 Memorial features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original twin towers. The Memorial Plaza is one of the most eco-friendly plazas ever constructed. More than 400 trees are planned for the plaza, surrounding the Memorial’s two massive reflecting pools. Its design conveys a spirit of hope and renewal, and creates a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis.”

The Memorial Plaza…

With its grove of trees, the Memorial’s plaza is intended to serve as a green roof for the structure housing the 9/11 Memorial Museum, a train station and other facilities 70 feet below street level.

The memorial is not fully completed. There is a small grassy area with a series of concrete tables located between the two Memorial Pools.

Grassy area in the Memorial site...

The Memorial site...

The Memorial Pools…

The two square pools are located where the Twin Towers formerly stood. Designed by Israeli architect, Michael Arad, the two pools are 30 feet in depth surrounded by waterfalls and the names of those who have lost their lives on 9/11 as well as the names of the first responders who were also killed on that day.

The South Pool...

The South Pool with the Freedom Tower...

The South Pool...

The North Pool...

Victims' names surround each pool...

A single rose remembers a lost loved one...

"Jesus"

Tracing the name of one of the victims...

Visiting the Site…

At the present time no more than 1,500 visitors can be accommodated on the site at one time.There was plenty of room to walk, take photos and to sit and reflect without others getting in your way. We encourage everyone to make sure they visit this site. Reservations can be made at: http://www.911memorial.org/visit .

If you do come to the city and would like us to join you on the visit and take you around to tour the surrounding areas, please let us know.

Eileen and Corinne enter the site...

A Marine and friend visit the site...

Families visit the site...

At peace...

Flowers for a lost loved one...

Looking into the South Pool...

9/11 Volunteer's bags...

Our flag hangs proudly…

Wherever you turn, wherever you look, our flag can be found hanging nearby.

Old Glory hanging from the Freedom Tower...

Our Flag...

Flags fly on the construction site...

Flag reflection...

Old Glory reflected in the windows of the World Financial Center...

Flag 2...

Construction Continues…

The 9/11 Memorial and the surrounding buildings are only partially completed. The Memorial was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. The remaining structures will be completed over the next couple of years.

Truck unloading with the Freedom Tower in the background...

Preparing the cement mixer...

The site under construction...

Thru the chain link fence...the construction continues...

The construction site...

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5 thoughts on “The 9/11 Memorial: A time to heal…

  1. A wonderful and moving presentation from you both. The only “problem” I
    have with your blogs is that they give such a vivid and immediate experience of a place that I can feel I’ve been there without having left my chair. This can make for extreme laziness. (No, don’t worry, I do plan a visit!) Judy

  2. It’s certainly different from when we went there with you; what was it, 3 or 4 years ago already? Miss you and can’t wait to meet Eileen.
    Love, Helene

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