The National September 11 Memorial, or as more commonly known as the 9/11 Memorial, in New York City is a very solemn place. I made a point to stop by during a recent visit to New York City. It was my first time there and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had walked there from Times Square and the juxtaposition from large noisy crowds and bright lights to the quiet respectfulness of the visitors at the Memorial was was striking.
For those who haven’t seen it before, basically what has been built are two nearly one acre reflecting pools sitting in the footprints of the original Twin Towers. Water cascades down each side into the pool and etched onto the bronze panels surrounding the pools is the name of each person who perished in the terrorist attack. It is a powerful and overwhelming feeling that overcomes you as you take it all in. I imagine a similar feeling to what you would have at the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Honolulu.
Next to the twin pools is One World Trade Center. It towers 1776 feet above the Memorial and gives proof to the power and resourcefulness of the American people. It is hard to not feel Patriotic as you look up the tallest building in the western hemisphere while views of the Statue of Liberty are only a few steps away.
I think for the generations of Americans who lived through the 9/11 attack whether in New York or elsewhere in the world, this Memorial is a place to come and pay respects and honor the fallen. It is also a place for all Americans and those who love freedom to come to remember that freedom isn’t free and that it is worth fighting for.