On my recent trip to New York, I visited the 9/11 Memorial, a site of rememberanceA�forA�the victims and families that experienced intense losses in the attacks.A� The Memorial opened this past September, the month that marked the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.A� I want to eloquently express my emotions and the scene that I took in, but no words of mine will ever be accurate or descriptive enough for a tragedy of such magnitude.A� But I here is my feeble attempt… On my recent trip to New York, I visited the 9/11 Memorial, a site of rememberanceA�forA�the victims and families that experienced intense losses in the attacks.A� The Memorial opened this past September, the month that marked the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.A� I want to eloquently express my emotions and the scene that I took in, but no words of mine will ever be accurate or descriptive enough for a tragedy of such magnitude.A� But I here is my feeble attempt… The darknessA�of the sky contrasted with the soft lights that illuminatedA�the water cascades that continuallyA�flowed into the fountains’ abyss.A� The names of the victimsA�shone through the bronze that surrounds each fountain.A� And the city seemed quiet. A city that is never silent, temporarily hushed, whispering reverence into the landscape. The darknessA�of the sky contrasted with the soft lights that illuminatedA�the water cascades that continuallyA�flowed into the fountains’ abyss.A� The names of the victimsA�shone through the bronze that surrounds each fountain.A� And the city seemed quiet. A city that is never silent, temporarily hushed, whispering reverence into the landscape. A place where so much pain andA�destruction happened isA�being revived, as if to say even in so much death, there can be new life.A� A certain tree stands erect, only calling attention to itself by being encircled with a metal railing.A� 10 years ago theA�plant had been in a potter, and a month after the Trade Towers fell, it was found in the rubble, the one and only survivor.A� Not only did the tree survive the trauma, but it was also struck by lightning a few years ago.A� The tree is a symbol of hope.A� A reminder that it is possible to survive, even whenA�life seems un-survivable. A place where so much pain andA�destruction happened isA�being revived, as if to say even in so much death, there can be new life.A� A certain tree stands erect, only calling attention to itself by being encircled with a metal railing.A� 10 years ago theA�plant had been in a potter, and a month after the Trade Towers fell, it was found in the rubble, the one and only survivor.A� Not only did the tree survive the trauma, but it was also struck by lightning a few years ago.A� The tree is a symbol of hope.A� A reminder that it is possible to survive, even whenA�life seems un-survivable. The fountains are a beautiful tribute.A� Each stream of water representing an individual loss.A� The innumerableA�streams signifying the far-reachingA�losses and the effect that The Attacks have had on the world.A� The water flows into blackness; a void.A� Nothing will ever replace what has been lost.A� Feelings of emptiness and hope in one image, the water a powerful representation of cleansing. The fountains are a beautiful tribute.A� Each stream of water representing an individual loss.A� The innumerableA�streams signifying the far-reachingA�losses and the effect that The Attacks have had on the world.A� The water flows into blackness; a void.A� Nothing will ever replace what has been lost.A� Feelings of emptiness and hope in one image, the water a powerful representation of cleansing. The museum, which has not opened yet, was designed to be “a building rising.”A� One World Trade Center is under construction, as well as several other buildings, each carefully designed to represent hope, peace, and rebirth.

“A Building Rising”: The Museum

It’s important to remember and it’s important to honor those that have lost their lives, as well as honor those that continue to fight for our freedom.A� Next time you are in New York, take the time to see The Memorial.A� Also, you can read more about 9/11 Memorial Design and Construction Process by taking a look at the following links: 9/11 Memorial: Information and request free passes to visit The Memorial. World Trade Center:A� Shows photos and explains design and architecture. After The Fall:A� WSJ article with interactive links. Rebuilding Ground Zero:A� Discovery Channel blog chronically the rebuilding process

  • Tim Kubrock
    http://MontereyBayAcademy.org

    Beautiful article and memorial. We must never forget our history and where we have come from. Thanks Kara.

    December 5th, 2011 20:19
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