We will never forget. Spending Sept. 11 in New York City is an experience that our family will never forget and something that all Americans should do. I never truly understood the depth of the physical and emotional devastation here until finally witnessing it firsthand last year.
The 9/11 Memorial Plaza pays tribute to the past and is a place of hope for the future. The names of every person who perished in the terror attacks are honored in bronze around the twin Memorial pools. Each pool is approximately 1-acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the United States.
The Tribute in Light is an amazing artistic symbol of survival and carrying on. Six months after the Twin Towers fell, these two beams lit the sky and have done so annually as a Sept. 11 commemoration. You have to come experience this for yourself. Words and pictures simply cannot do it justice.
The 9/11 MEMORIAL M– USEUM is located within the archaeological heart of the original World Trade Center site. The Museum is our country’s main institution concerned with exploring the history of that tragic date, through exhibits, archives and monumental artifacts. Paying reverent homage to the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks, the museum also recognizes the thousands who survived, and all who showed extraordinary courage & compassion in the catastrophe’s aftermath.
I’ll be honest- it was difficult having to answer all of the kids questions while wanting to be alone with my own thoughts and feelings here. I despise that such tragedy even has to be explained to them. We stood together watching videos of the terrorists going through security lines at our US airports and we watched people jump out of burning buildings to their death. It’s surreal and heartbreaking on so many levels.
The Museum is not open on Sept. 11, so you will need to plan your visit accordingly. Be prepared to experience overwhelming emotions while here. I found myself suppressing my tears as I just wanted to fall to my knees and bawl throughout the Museum. I fluctuated between deep anger and hatred, to pride and infinite love for our country.
I felt really sorry that I had waited 13 years to come here. It felt like I had cheated this place by just coming when everything was nice and pretty again. I actually had gone up in the Twin Towers during a high school trip to NYC. It was very surreal seeing this area without them. As painfully heartbreaking as it is to experience, it is necessary to bring your family here to honor the victims and the heroes of 9-11. We will never forget you. God Bless America.