Did you guys know that I write a Family Travel blog over at R We There Yet Mom? It's filled with family trips and tips and I love to host your vacations...check it out if you haven't yet.
Now, typically, I don't like to "cross-contaminate", however, this post and the experience left a profound impact on me, so I wanted to share it over here as well.
On 8 small acres in Lower Manhattan, sits the site of the Nation September 11 Memorial. It is an amazing tribute to those 3000 who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, a field near Shanksville, PA, and the 6 who perished in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
There is a plaza that sits adjacent to the pools. 400 trees are planned for this area, to create a contemplative area of reflection.
Everyone is reflective and somber. How can you not be?
The names are the heart of the Memorial. They are stencil-cut, allowing you to look through them to see the water, or for paper rubbings, and to see the light at night shine through. Honestly, it hurts your heart to read the names. But I can't help but feel we need to have that feeling - to remember and never forget.
And a place for everyone else to never forget this horrific event.
I was lucky enough to visit the National September 11 Memorial the week after it opened. If you will be visiting New York City, I highly recommend a trip. Tickets are required at no fee, but you will need to reserve them in advance. There is additional information on the website, including an interactive map and mobile app to find any names.