More New York

“That in our lowest moments, we can find our greatest strengths.” From The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer

A date that will long be remembered in the annals of American history is September 11, 2001. That day many lives were lost and the World Trade Center destroyed thanks to a terrorist attack that left us reeling. Today all is memorialized at Ground Zero.

Approaching the area, one is first aware of Freedom Tower standing so tall that its top floors are sometimes lost in the clouds.

There is the architecturally stunning Oculus designed to reflect a dove which is the symbol of peach.

All around the area are reminders of that terrible day. Close by is St. Paul’s Chapel where rescuers went for a few minutes of rest and to escape the heart wrenching scene.

The recently opened and new Greek Orthodox Church is now a national shrine. Its predecessor served as a morgue during grim September days.

Inside are beautiful murals some of which depict familiar religious scenes, but the one that struck me most was this.

Not much survived the horrendous assault, but as rubble was sifted through this sculpture was discovered. It once stood on the site where the memorial museum is located.

Interestingly, a callers pear tree is thought to be the only surviving plant life. When found it appeared to still have sap running through it so it was retrieved and nurtured until it was ready to be replanted.

Those who perished on that fateful day are remembered in many ways. There are memories of them in the survival tree’s branches.

Their names are forever etched in the wall surrounding a memorial fountain.

The most poignant memories are housed in the Ground Zero Museum where the day is captured in many ways.

Most telling is a column with numbers of firemen and police who died trying to save others and hopeful messages from those hoping to find loved ones.

The visit to Ground Zero is sobering, and it is impossible not to recall one’s own responses to that dreadful day. I will be forever grateful that my own worst fears did not become a reality.

13 thoughts on “More New York

  1. Such moving thoughts, Linda. You captured the feelings associated with that awful day.

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    1. Thank you. The exhibits certainly reinforced memories of that day.

  2. I visited New York a year or two after Sept 11. Back then, all these monuments were not there, and all I saw was a fenced up area and a big scar of a hole in the middle of the city. There were boards set up around the site with the names of the people who fell. I remember how odd it was that people took photos, smiling at an area where so many died. It was very sobering.

    1. Sobering indeed. I did not see very many people smiling as they experienced the exhibits.

  3. Thank you for sharing these moving photos

  4. Thank you for your many photos and explanations of what you saw. Sobering and meaningful. Love seeing that little chapel. A day we’ll never forget…

    1. For sure, 9/11 is a memory etched in the hearts of those of us who experienced it.

  5. Incredibly fabulous photos! Thank you, Linda.

  6. Thanks for sharing. You are an awesome photographer.!

  7. That day is forever stored in my memory. I remember exactly where I was. Thanks for sharing your photos sentiments!

    1. I think the same is true for all of us who experienced the day.

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