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.