Saturday, November 8, 2014

Paying my respects at the World Trade Center September 11 Memorial...

Everyone has their own memories of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, I was actually on holiday in Corfu with my now-husband when we saw the footage of planes crashing into the World Trade Center on a small TV in the hotel foyer. Stepping in from sun-bathing by a swimming pool to see that horrific news was surreal to say the least, and so whilst we were in Manhattan for the New York Marathon we decided to venture to the September 11 Memorial and pay our respects.

One World Trade Center NYC
We actually headed to the Memorial on the day that One World Trade Center, the tallest skyscraper in the U.S.A., opened its doors to its new business occupants.
September 11 Memorial World Trade Center NYC
The Memorial's twin reflecting pools which are in the footprints of the fallen towers are oddly serene and it's amazing that so much beauty has come from something so tragic, so kudos to architect Michael Arad for the inspiring cascading water design.
9/11 Memorial World Trade Center NYC
9/11 Memorial World Trade Center NYC
It's also a testament to the American spirit that the surrounding area has been rebuilt anew and businesses are filling the new skyscrapers to prove that terrorism can't make people live in fear, or stop them from living their lives.

Visiting the site also reminded me of the 9/11 flag remembrance tribute at Pepperdine University in Malibu every year that also honours the 2,977 victims killed in the attacks.
World Trade Center September 11 Memorial NYC
Walking, or should I say hobbling the day after the marathon, around the twin pools the only thing I found oddly unsettling was the amount of people taking selfies and using the Memorial as a vacation photo opportunity. For me this place seems to deserve more respect than for a smiling profile picture.
One World Trade Center New York City
On my first ever visit to New York from the U.K. in 1999 I was fortunate enough to go to the top of one of the iconic Twin Towers, like millions of other tourists before me, and I'm forever grateful that I took the opportunity to see the Big Apple from that unique vantage point...

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