Next planned stop on our NYC trip was the 9/11 Memorial, opened on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. To learn more about the Memorial click here
Printed our free timed visitor passes (reserved through the Memorial’s online reservation system) before leaving home. Limited number of same-day passes are available on a daily first-come first-served basis but we did not want to take any chances.
Got on line about ½ hour before our specified time. The line moved fairly well. Security was very tight, told to keep our visitor pass in hand and had to show the pass at a few check points. Hand bags etc. went through security check just like at the airport.
The South Pool
Located at the site of the former World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial is an 8 acre memorial featuring two massive pools (each nearly 1 acre in size) with 30-foot waterfalls cascading down the 4 sides into the pool then descending into a center void. The 2 pools are set within the original footprints of the Twin Towers.
Another view of the pool and waterfall
A close up look at the waterfall
The names of the 2983 men, women, and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 are inscribed in bronze panels edging the twin Memorial pools. For a photo of the inscribed bronze panel click here.
Low white building at lower right of photo.
We could not visit the 9/11 Museum as it is not yet completed. Construction was halted last year, however a deal has been made and hopefully construction will resume soon. To learn more click here
The Museum will be the focal point for preserving the history of 9/11. It will provide a final resting place for the unidentified human remains and tell the stories of the nearly 3000 victims.
Callery Pear Tree aka “Survivor Tree”
Photo from 9/11 Memorial brochure
All but one of the trees on the Memorial are swamp white oaks. The exception is a Callery pear tree now known as the “Survivor Tree”. Planted in the 1970′s at the World Trade Center plaza, workers found it in the wreckage at Ground Zero, damaged and reduced to an 8-foot stump. Nursed back to health at a NYC park, it was uprooted by a March 2010 severe storm. But again it survived. December 2010, the tree was returned to the WTC site (standing west of the south pool) a symbol of survival and resilience.
Again, all the photos, except the “Survivor Tree” photo, were taken by my daughter, Miss K., she has a good eye for photo composition.
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