On the eve of September 11, I’m going to show my pictures from the Memorial Museum. To say this was well done is a complete understatement. The attention to architectural detail and symbolism is unmatched. Prepare to be very moved and emotional. Next time you go to NYC, put this on your list. It is a must-see. We were there for three hours and could have stayed much longer.
This was the last column that stood during the entire removal. It stood as a symbol of hope and housed various departments and inspirational messages.
There’s a large electronic board that displays the countless amounts of missing person flyers that were placed around the city. So sad to think of so many that were hoping their loved ones would turn up.
The above is a photo of the slurry wall, the piece that held the Hudson River out of the foundation of the Towers. There was major concern that the collapse of the towers would compromise this and cause flooding to the site. It never failed.
There are several places where twisted and warped support beams are hung. It’s amazing how damaged and destroyed these strong steel columns were. They looked like crushed paper clips.
This was SO beautiful. An artist had the same number of people that perished each individually watercolor a 12×12 square blue. This was all the direction they had. It was meant to show that though we all know what blue is, we all see it differently, but can come together as one strong vision. It was stunning. A perfect tribute.
There is a large portion of the museum (that is tucked in a deceiving corner) that recounts the actual day. You are not allowed to take photos in here (and for good reason). It is completely overwhelming and emotional. The amount of things recovered and displayed is unbelievable. Notes people threw from the top. Shoes. Uniforms. They also had lots of destroyed emergency vehicles (like the firetruck shown above). One thing that surprised me was the amount of plane wreckage. That was really interesting to see.
As you walk through, you can re-watch all the news footage of the day. There’s also a room for each plane, in which you can listen to the 911 calls as well as calls people made to their spouses from the plane. One from flight 93 played an attendant’s message to her husband. I was so struck by her courage. She was very calm until the end. She started apologizing and saying all she wanted was to see him again. I broke down at that part and started walking through this section of the museum a little faster. It was almost too much.
I remember that day vividly. I went to chapel at my Christian University and a friend turned around and said a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I remember immeditately thinking of something small like a Cessna. Chapel was quickly dismissed and we went to the student center in time to see the second plane hit. I remember how terrified I felt. I went to call my parents to which my dad picked up the phone and quickly said, “Kate, it’s okay I’m not in New York today.” He was supposed to go for a meeting but ended up not. I had no idea.
Freedom Tower is beautiful and the biggest thing you’ve ever seen in person. I’m glad they decided to rebuild rather than leave it empty. It’s a great show of strength.
Thirteen years later, I still can’t believe that happened. I’m so thankful for everyone who serves our country so selflessly. It is truly a sacrifice.