Wednesday, 11 September 2013

New York: 9/11 Memorial

As promised, I said I'd do some more posts about my trip to New York back in July. I thought I'd wait to post this as I wanted to post it on the actual 9/11 date.

Don't worry, I don't want to depress you all by retelling it, but I do want to briefly tell you about the tour I had whilst in NYC and how the 9/11 Memorial is no longer "ground zero" but rather a big beautiful area, with quite a peaceful and accomplished vibe.

The first place we went to on the tour was St. Paul's Chapel. As you may or may not know (I certainly didn't), St Paul's chapel was one of the only buildings surrounding the World Trade Center that stayed standing and not a single pane of glass was broken - even though building windows, blocks and blocks away were shattered and some buildings even farther away than the church had to be stripped down.

The previous pictures were all found inside the church, messages of hope and love were sent to the victim's families from school's all over the world.

The above cross stands outside another church right next to the WTC. This cross replaced the famous cross that was found when one of the towers fell and the steel infrastructure of the building stood tall in the shape of a crucifix.

The remains of the original cross have been moved into the 9/11 Memorial Museum, which opens next year.

The above two pictures represent the Freedom Tower, also known as One World Trade Center. The tower is now officially the tallest building in New York, overtaking the Empire State at a whopping 1,776ft tall.

This memorial runs across the wall of the first fire station to respond to the terrorist attacks, based right next to where the WTC was. The memorial represents the 343 Firefighters lives that were lost that day.

The tour then moved on to the 9/11 Memorial Gardens, where two large reflecting pools sit within the footprints where the twin towers once stood. 

"The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history."

I can't even begin to describe how peaceful the place was. People that had been before the memorial was built had told me that Ground Zero was a really emotional, sad place. Despite the memorial, still being quite sad to think of all the lives taken that day - I do believe, that now the pools are built and surrounded by peaceful gardens, the whole memorial and the surrounding WTC buildings, make it very moving in a positive way. 

The memorial is such a beautiful place and the fact that seven new WTC buildings are rising around it, just shows that after 12 years, America has finally re-built not only the WTC but how the families of the victims of 9/11 are re-building their own lives and they finally have somewhere so beautiful to go and remember their loved ones.


  1. This is beautiful post, thank you so much for letting us know about your tour..

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