NYC Trip - 9/11 Memorial

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
One World Trade Centre
And this was to be the last long stop with the tour guide.

No visit to New York is quite complete nowadays without stopping by to pay respect to the thousands of people who lost their lives that fateful day of September 2001. 14 years on and we are still haunted by those moments.

Map of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

In place of the destroyed Twin Towers, plans of rebuilding have started on the World Trade Centre. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum are already in place when we visited. Some buildings were still under construction but One World Trade Centre, the museum and the memorial are already open to the public. We were not able to get into the Museum though because there had been a lot of visitors that day.

We walked around the Memorial. The area was filled with trees and water sounds supposed to signify hope and endurance. Even with hundreds of visitors, it was a place of solace and remembrance. The names of all who died in the Towers were etched on marbled counters. Looking just over the counters, the waters flowing through set a serene and peaceful atmosphere.

I was nowhere near the city and country when it occurred. In fact, I only saw the events transpired on TV. But standing here now, at this very moment, at this very spot where it all unfolded, I can't help feel sad yet inspired, knowing how one tragedy that was used to break a nation, strengthened the tie that binds instead.

A visit to the museum is definitely on the cards next time we stop by New York again. I can't wait to see what's in store for us there. Pity we didn't have enough time to look around.

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