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Descending into the depths of humanity: A visit to the 9/11 Memorial

“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance, and intolerance”.       – 9/11 Memorial

Descending down into the depths of humanity lies the unexplainable. Within the two footprints of the North and South Towers, cries almost three thousand tears of the innocent lives lost from a horrendous act against our freedom.

9/11 Memorial

The water rushing down into the foundation of the North Tower felt like the tears of those who died.

9/11 Memorial

Three thousand tears descend into the foundation of one of the Twin Towers.

September 11th is a day that most Americans will never be able to erase from our minds and our souls. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City has been established as a way for us to never forget this tragic, horrifying day and for future generations to remember the thousands of innocent men, women and children murdered by terrorists in perhaps one of the most horrific ways imaginable.

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

Flowers are placed on the name of a victim in remembrance of their birthday.

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

Each name of a person who died on 9/11 is inscribed along the side of the memorials.

I must admit it has taken me a long time to gather my thoughts, emotions and words to be able to describe what it was like to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It was perhaps one of the most moving experiences I’ve ever had at a museum. I’ve seen the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC and also a concentration camp in Europe. Both were equally disturbing and haunted me for days. Yet for some reason visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum has left me speechless.

I believe that our generation will always be haunted by 9/11. Unlike the past and current atrocities throughout the world, 9/11 happened right here in America and the horrific events of that day were unraveled on TV right before our eyes. It was so real. So frightening. So horrific. That I will never ever forget.

Seeing the remains of the North and South Tower and viewing the amazing 9/11 Museum underneath the memorial within the old foundation of the towers was intense, emotional and powerful. It is a place that everyone should see.

Freedom Tower NYC

1 World Trade Center Tower or “The Freedom Tower” is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, in July 2013. She looms directly behind the 9/11 Memorial.

The Freedom Tower rises high to show we will never stop fighting for our freedom. We will be strong. We will not forget. Nor will we ever give in to terrorism.

Freedom Tower NYC

The Freedom Tower rising high

 

We will never forget.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent. To view more entries click here. 

 

 

35 comments

    • Thanks Andrew. I felt that the photos really captured how I felt being there. They are beautiful yet tragic too. It is a very difficult place to see but a must.

    • Yes I know many people around the world were deeply disturbed and horrified by 9/11. It was a day that we all shared and in some way came together.

    • Oh…that is how I feel. It is really a difficult place to see. The museum left me numb. It is so powerful. Yet it is so well done and I am so glad I went.

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  2. Beautifully photographed and written.. I’m visiting New York in January and have really been in two minds about visiting the memorial, it seems just so powerful and full of emotion..

    • Thank you. I highly recommend going. It is worth it. It is hard to see the museum. Yet it is done so incredibly well that I think it is very important.

  3. Well said and well captured. I loved the museum and memorial and thought it was really well done especially in light of all of the forces trying to make it reflect their own visions.

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