First, I want to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who commented or messaged me about our baby announcement yesterday! We are so excited to start this new chapter of our lives!
Now, down to today’s topic. On our recent trip to NYC, the spouse and I visited the construction site of the 9/11 Memorial. This is the third time I’ve been to the World Trade Center since 9/11/2001 and each time I’m surprised at the emotion I feel seeing the space where the Twin Towers once stood.
In 2003, the first time I visited the site, clean up was still going on. We walked the plywood hallways around the massive hole left in the ground and looked over thousands of signatures and notes captured on the walls. The pain of grief that still hung in the air silenced our group of normally chatty gals.
In 2004, the spouse and I visited the site and took in what I remember as the beginning of rebuilding. The huge hole in the ground was still clearly visible with a lot of walls taken down and new construction not in place just yet. Even three years post-9/11, the sadness of so many lost lives still penetrated the atmosphere.
On our most recent trip, I could finally feel a sense of change and recovery from the future 9/11 Memorial. The beautiful buildings and eventual park have started to revive the space where so much devastation took place ten years ago. The surrounding areas and the museum that has recently opened pay a beautiful tribute to the people who died and suffered extreme loss as a result of that day. We really enjoyed seeing the progression of the memorial (despite choking back tears a few times in the museum). I am looking forward to returning to the city once it’s complete.
With the ten year anniversary of 9/11 coming up this weekend, please take a few minutes to say a prayer for all the lives touched by 9/11.
“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we are the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.
And no one will keep that light from shining.” ~President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001