Tuesday, September 11, 2012


God Bless America!
This is a repost of my visit to 
the 9-11 Memorial last October.
It was a sobering and solemn sight.

I like many, will never forget where I was and what I was doing on that fateful day.
I have visited ground zero on two previous occasions but on this visit I was privileged to see the memorial taking shape.

It was so beautiful on the Saturday we visited!

World Trade Center Memorial
October 22, 2011

The visit to the WTC Memorial was the most memorable to me so I thought I would share these pictures first. 

We arrived early Saturday a.m. Our cruise ship docked at Pier 92 in Manhattan. We made the short jaunt to Pier 84 to get the Water Taxi.

The aircraft carrier "Intrepid" can be viewed from the little park where we waited for the Water Taxi.

We made our way to Battery Park to disembark for a short walk the WTC Memorial.

This orb was a feature of the original WTC site. It was recovered and now occupies a featured spot in Battery Park.
As we walked in lower Manhattan, we passed a couple of  interesting sights in NYC. This is why I love NYC so much. There is always something interesting going on and there are always humorous sightings.
In NYC accommodations are made for everyone and everything. We saw one, low placed, water faucet with a sign above "Doggie Bar".
I think I got this pic on the way back to Battery Park.
Kim couldn't understand why I wanted this picture. Duh! This guy was probably a slow reader, huh!

When we arrived at the WTC Memorial security was as tight as the airport. We were lucky enough to have secured a couple of passes for the day. Believe me, this is one hard ticket to get. The passes are timed and we were admitted with the 11:15 a.m. group. 
Having visited ground zero on two previous occasions, I was pleased, to finally sense a spirit of calm. The memorial is beautifully done. 

The memorial offers enough space to move about without seeming crushed. I was glad to see large granite blocks placed about, providing a place to sit and reflect. The waterfalls on the original footprint of the fallen towers are powerful. All victims names were engraved in the massive bronze frames around the waterfalls.
It is hard to keep from tearing while reading the names.  One young woman's name was followed by...
"and unborn child".
For some reason I could not bring myself to photograph the complete names. Since I did not know any of the victims I felt to photograph the names was an invasion of privacy. I know that may seem strange. Just me.

This is the "Survivor Tree". This pear tree was originally on the WTC site. It was discovered, alive, in the rubble, taken off site, nurtured and brought back. You can read about it HERE!

This photo gives you a sense of the spaciousness of the memorial with people moving about, relaxing and reading. It was nice to see children all about.

You can see some of the, approximately 400, Swamp White Oak trees planted on the sight. They will eventually create an oasis in this area of the city.

The reflective building seen here will be a museum when finished. 
Of course the "Survivor Tree" has a place of honor. 

"One World Trade Center"

It is evident and comforting that the "One World Trade Center" Building is beginning to dominate the skyline of New York City. It can be seen from almost any place in lower Manhattan and from the shoreline.

This building represents the spirit of the American people and our strength of survival and renewal. I hope you enjoyed my perspective on the World Trade Center Memorial.

God Bless America!

I will be posting more or our visit to NYC and the rest of our cruise later. I wanted the WTC Memorial to stand alone.
Please leave a comment and let me know if you enjoyed the visit.
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Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Ginger,

This was surely a lovely tribute to the WTC Memorial. You were very fortunate for being there last October. Let's pray that never again we will have to live through such days. You are so right about photographing the names, it's like wanting to capture the souls of those unfortunate Americans... We cannot and we should keep them silently into our hearts with the utmost of respect and dignity.
HUGS to you,

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

Such a sad day.

Carol said...

The memorial is such a moving sight. I hope to visit there some day. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

Anonymous said...

Yes ma'am,I enjoyed,I want to go back and I will soon..thank you for sharing...I haven't blogged all day in honor of 9/11...my heart hasn't been in it...this is such a sad day,all over our wonderful country.

Gina said...

Thanks for sharing, Ginger. A tragic day never to be forgotten. God bless America!

Chatty Crone said...

I will NEVER forget that day. Thanks for sharing the photos of the area now. Very interesting.

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful tribute. It is a sad day in American history- I hope none of us ever forget all that was lost that day- xo Diana

Helen's Decor said...

Thanks, Ginger! I'm been sad all time and cried for those who lost their loved ones. I know it's a difficult day for them. We will never forget that horrid day!
Thanks again, Helen

Helen's Decor said...

I'm sorry, I should have proof read my post. I should have said, "I've been sad all day"..

xinex said...

This is a beautiful post, Ginger. thanks for creating and for sharing it...Chistine

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La said...

I visited the memorial in July and I am sharing my visit over the next three days. The Survivor Tree is amazing.

I enjoyed seeing your pictures today. It is a very beautiful memorial with an energy all its own.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Thank you Ginger, I was not able to get those coveted tickets when I was in NY for a couple of days and Mom was not interested in going, to depressing I guess. So great to see your pictures


Creations By Cindy said...

What a sweet tribute Ginger. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Thanks Ginger....a day we shall never forget!

Pat M said...

This is a great post for Sept 11th. Good pix and a wonderful tour, thank you! I was there long ago and am glad you "took" us there again!
Hugs, GraceinAZ

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I can only imagine how emotional it must be to visit.

NellJean said...

Thank you for sharing your experience. I had not heard of the pear tree. Pear trees are true survivors and worth cultivating -- not Bradford pears, those with edible fruit.

My first visit to your blog. Do you happen to know my childhood friend Anita Adair from Isle of Hope? She worked for years for an area opthamologist.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

What a beautiful tribute, Ginger. I'm so glad I stopped by (since you just visited me and brought me back :) ). Your photography is wonderful. We must never forget. Thank you for your visit/comments. ~Zuni

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I'm visiting from Coastal Charm and your post was wonderful plus respectful too. I was there a year after 911 and it's so good to see the memorial looking so beautiful now. I didn't know about the tree surviving so reading about it made me very happy!


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