Tuesday, September 11, 2012

11 Years Ago

I went to New York City in August. It was my first trip and I was so excited to finally see the Big Apple! It's a place I had only seen in movies, on TV, etc and I wanted to experience it for myself. But it's a place that's forever associated with terror. 

I had never seen the Twin Towers in person but their presence still hangs over Ground Zero. As we got close, I just stopped and stared. There is new construction on this site but in the whole area, the past is still there. I got chills as I looked at the emptiness and thought of all the innocent lives lost.

As we walked closer, I could imagine how all the workers at the World Trade Center felt that morning as they went to work. How the people felt as they ran errands, took walks, ate breakfast. So innocent and normal. Everything changed.
Seeing the newly opened memorial was a Must Do. I was apprehensive because of the emotions I still feel 11 years later. But we forced ourselves and I'm glad we did. The museum is not yet open and I was disappointed but relieved. I think seeing both would have been too much for one day. We'll definitely go back.

Never forget.

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful Crystal. I have yet to visit NYC, but it is certainly on my list of must see places. I am sure that my heart will also feel the heaviness that most have expressed to me after being there. <3

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  2. Years ago, Franz and I went to the top floors of the Tower on a trip to NYC. When I watched the planes hit those towers (I always had The Today Show on when I got ready for work), I couldn't believe it - just like everyone else. This will sound really stupid, but I can't help thinking just how tall those buildings were. Those people in the buildings and around it - I can't even imagine the horror. I've been around the area many times since, but I haven't gone in officially to where the water features are currently. I'll visit in a couple months, and hopefully I can get in to see the progress. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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