Visited the 9/11 Memorial

"Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11."
--President Barack Obama

September 11, 2001. It's a day I will never forget. It's a day our nation will never forget. It was the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.
The National September 11th Memorial is a tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of that day.

The Memorial consists of two reflecting pools that sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Each are nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America.

Each pool has the names of the people that died etched in bronze around the memorial separated by different categories. There were also names for each of the three flights that crashed that day.

In this section are the names of the first responders that died that day.

All around the site is construction. The World Trade Center is being rebuilt. The tallest of the seven buildings they are working on is
One World Trade Center, which also has the nickname "The Freedom Tower". When it's completed, it will be the tallest building in the country, passing the Willis/Sears Tower. It's currently on its 90th out of 105 stories.

The size of these pools is really incredible. Even quite a few steps back, I couldn't get the whole thing in the frame.

A museum is also being worked on and is due to open next year.

It's hard for me to say I enjoyed this because it was such a somber setting, but I thought the memorials were both touching and beautiful. I feel that remembering and thinking about the lives that were lost is an important process for us to move forward and renew the sense of patriotism and unity we felt after that day. I felt a little removed from the memorials in Washington DC because the wars represented there were before my lifetime, but to me, this felt more personal. I remember that day. If you do too and are in New York, I recommend going to see this. It's free. You just have to
reserve a pass online. There's even an option to give monetary support to the memorial.
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