I will share this post every year because it’s important to me that we have a visual reminder of this day, now 19 years ago.
As many of you know, New York is near and dear to us. It’s a city we love so very much. I always knew I’d love it, and when my husband took me on my first trip days before September 11, I found out I was right. I was obsessed.
This photo always gives me chills. We’re at the top of the Statue of Liberty and you can barely see the towers behind me:
I think it was nine days before 9/11. Nine days later and the towers were gone.
My husband was a band director at the time — a few months after we were supposed to travel to Japan for a band trip. He canceled that trip and instead we took the kids to NYC. We’ve seen Ground Zero at it’s best and worst. New Yorkers stopped us numerous times and thanked the kids for visiting.
These first photos are from the Ground Zero Museum and tell the story of that day. This location is separate from the new museum – it used to be closer to Ground Zero but it looks like it’s moved to 14th street. If you visit the city I highly recommend visiting both.
I let the photos do the talking (forgive the quality, all were taken with a phone over the years):
The new 9/11 Museum looks so small from the outside, and you think it will only take an hour or so get through. Plan accordingly because this museum literally goes deep into the Earth and you can spend hours in there.
It is one of the most well done museums I’ve ever visited, especially considering the content. The beginning is a tour of the footings and walls of the towers (this wall below was one of the towers). Don’t miss the room in the middle in this part of the museum — it holds photos of each of the victims as well as video about each one. There are no cameras allowed in this space — it is most definitely a memorial. There is a separate room at the end of the main part of the museum and it can be easy to miss — but it holds most of the photos, artifacts and videos. It may not be suitable for younger kids but our (then) nine-year-old did fine. (There are parts of this room we steered him away from.) There are no cameras allowed in that area as well.
If you go give yourself plenty of time and be prepared for the heaviness in your heart you will feel as you walk through and when you leave. It is overwhelming and unavoidable. I think every person that visits New York City should visit at least once.
This artwork signifies the color of the beautiful blue sky on that morning. There are 2,983 squares — one for each person lost on September 11th and at the 1993 bombing.
God bless all those we lost on that day and their families. God Bless America.