I visited the 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan last year, but have yet to blog about it, as I felt too emotional spent afterwards to put everything I saw into words. Since the eleventh anniversary of this sad and terrible event is approaching, I felt it was time to show you what I saw.
The 9/11 Memorial is located at the World Trade Center. You can see the new One World Trade Center under construction in the photo above, Visitors can access the Memorial Plaza by presenting a visitor pass at the 9/11 Memorial entry at the northwest corner of Albany and Greenwich Streets. The timed reservation passes have to be applied for online at this link. You will have to wait on a line and pass through many security checks before entering the Memorial site.
There were informational signs to read on the way onto the grounds.
The sign above gives a diagram of where to find the names of those who were lost on 9/11. The names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 are inscribed in bronze ledges that surround the twin Memorial pools. The names are grouped with whom they perished in or near the World Trade Center buildings, the Pentagon, as well as all who perished on the four airplanes.
The Memorial Plaza occupies eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center. The Memorial is described on its web site as "a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future."
The National September 11 Memorial Museum within the Memorial Plaza will serve as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001.
My first look at the large memorial pools took my breath away! They are located on the footprints of the two buildings that were destroyed that fateful day.
The appearance and sound of the waterfalls emptying into a black void was very dramatic. They are a beautiful expression of the feeling of loss that was left in the hearts of all who mourn the the victims.
My husband and I walked around and said a prayer at all the names of the people we knew who were lost that day--the photo mosaic above shows many of their names They were our friends, neighbors, work associates, and former schoolmates.
I also wanted to say a prayer by the name of someone I didn't know in person, who was on Flight 77 that went into the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
Her name is Suzanne M. Calley, 1957 - 2001
On two trips to California my husband and I happened to take a rest stop in Lover Point Park in the town of Pacific Grove. There, under this tree, is a peaceful memorial bench looking out towards the beautiful blue bay.
The bench is a memorial to Suzanne Marie Calley. On our second visit to Pacific Grove there was a bouquet of flowers and a note on the bench that were placed there by Suzanne's mother on what would have been her birthday. It really touched my heart.
Rest in peace, Suzanne.
There were poignant remembrances left on many names around the memorial pools....
343 Firefighters were killed on 9/11
I'm sure you remember this photo of men carrying the body of Fire Chaplain Father Mychal Judge from Tower One, where he was one of the first casualties of the brave first responders. I found this photo on this NPR web page, where you can also read a beautiful story about Father Mychal.
Rest in Peace, Father Mychal.
A bouquet of pink roses.
It was especially sad to see the names of expectant mothers and their "unborn child."
Many people were making rubbings of the names of those whom they knew.
A couple of years ago I showed you in this post, a neighborhood memorial in Brooklyn, New York, among other neighborhood 9/11 memorials.
It was dedicated to Firefighter Gregory Thomas Saucedo 1969 -2001. He was last seen climbing the stairs of Tower One on 9/11
Rest in peace, Gregory.
Too many lost
Too many mourned
Too many lives cut short
Too many hopes and dreams never fulfilled
Too many sad memories
Too many names...
Too many names.
May they all rest in peace
May we always remember them, and
May God Bless America!
May God Bless America!
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