Postcard from Ground Zero

April 4, 2013 in New York City,United States

 

The September 11 Memorial site has been on my list of “things to do” for the entire time I’ve lived here. However, it’s one of those sites that you have to be in the right kind of mood for: those bright, sunny, happy late summer afternoons and crisp, colorful autumn morning and blustery winter wonderland days never enticed me to go to the site of so much sadness. As a miserable gray cloud of rain overtook the city on a late winter morning, I finally ventured down to the Financial District with a friend.

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I was 14 when the Twin Towers fell: a freshman in high school who couldn’t quite grasp the magnitude of the tragedy unfolding across the country. Yet visiting Ground Zero as a (young) adult brought it all home: the sheer bad luck of just another work day, the incredible bravery and sacrifice of our firemen and policemen, the fateful decision of a few that affected so many. The site itself is beautifully constructed to encourage that sort of quiet, serious reflection.

The sheer amount of space indicates the severity of the situation: where else in Manhattan can you find such a large swath of prime real estate dedicated to the past instead of looking toward the future? In all seriousness, it’s a visually stunning and emotionally hard-hitting memorial that is a testament to 9/11 itself, its victims and its survivors. Highly worth a visit if you’re in New York City; however, worth noting that while tickets are free, you do need to reserve in advance.

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Ground Zero Memorial Site in New York City on gray day

 

 

In memory of all who were lost: never forget.

  • Nice post. I didn’t know you had to get a pass. I thought you could just walk up to it. So for that info, thanks.

  • ShannonOD

    Beautiful shots, and it seems like a somber day for the visit as well. I was in NYC just after it happened and saw it then with the rubble still around — would love to make it there next time I am in NYC.

  • I visited the WTC Visitor Centre in 2009 and the site was still a building site back then. I would love to return one day and see this new memorial. Your photos are great but I am with you on the weather – it needs to be a suitably sombre day.

  • camorose

    Yup, it’s free but it does require a bit of advance planning.

  • camorose

    They’ve done a really gorgeous job with the memorial–I was very impressed with the architecture and the entire ambiance.

  • camorose

    The architecture of the memorial is very moving–highly recommend a visit.

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