Remembering New York

We all have our stories as to our whereabouts when we heard terrorists attacked American soil on September 11th, 2001. 

I was a first year special education teacher in North Charleston, SC. On the way out the door to school, I joked to my husband of one month,
“Today is 9/11.  I really hope the kids aren’t crazy and I have to use that number later on.” Little did I know what transpired that day would change the way Americans would live forever.

Almost 15 years later, I had the honor of visiting the One World Trade Center and National 9/11 Memorial and Museum with my brother and his girlfriend. 

We rode the subway to the One World Trade Center stop.  The station is quickly becoming a shopping mall.  The architecture of the atrium is beautiful.
Our tour of the One World Observatory in the  One World Trade Center was fun!  The ride to the top of the building was quick, and the view of the New York skyline was fantastic.  It was exciting to see something so beautiful emerge from such a horrific event.

One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
The observatory has beautiful panoramic views of the city.

The view of the bridges was incredible.
Visitors can look straight down from the tower to see the 9/11 memorial.

The National 9/11 Memorial Museum was a completely different story.  After entering the museum, the feelings of confusion, anxiety, and sadness I felt on that September day rushed back into my mind. 
The enormous memorial fountains set a very somber tone outside the museum.
The memorial contains the names of those killed in the Twin Tower attacks. 
The museum contains hundreds of digital and virtual artifacts from Ground Zero. 
This was the final beam removed from the World Trade Center site.
This exhibits contains artists' depictions of the color of the sky on September 11th.
This melted fire truck is a symbol of first responders' bravery.
These survivors' stairs were used by many people who survived the attacks.
Among all the wreckage, there were some signs of hope in the museum.

Both the National 9/11 Memorial Museum and One World Trade Center building are must visits for those visiting Manhattan.  The museum curators have done a fantastic job explaining why the attacks happened in a culturally sensitive matter.  However, I would not start my day with these museums.  Upon exiting, we were all emotionally exhausted from the funeral like experience.

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I will never forget.

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