New York City Day 4

Our last day in New York was only just the morning, since we had a flight to catch. We started the day off early with a trip to Starbucks. Once we were fully caffeinated, we headed over to the 9/11 memorial.

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My last trip to NYC was back in 2006, so last time I saw the ground zero site it was still under construction and crews were still cleaning up the debris. It was so powerful to come back and see this beautiful memorial and the new one world trade center standing proud and tall.

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Ground Zero in 2006
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Ground Zero in 2006
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The Cross at Ground Zero in 2006
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Memorial in 2016
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The 9/11 Museum
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The memorial

After walking around the memorial, we headed to the museum. One of the first things that caught my attention at the museum was,  you could see the original foundations of the towers. It really helped you understand the magnitude of the buildings.

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The next exhibit that was very powerful was the one that showed a crushed fire truck and twisted pieces of metal from the buildings point of impact. It really showed the utter devastation of that day. Also within this area are photographs and videos documenting the events of that day. I think the museum’s builders did a great job portraying the horrors of the day accurately and respectfully.

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Finally one of the most moving parts of the entire museum is the “In Memoriam Room.” In this room, the four walls are covered in row after row of photographs of those who lost their lives in the attacks. You can read about each person and listen to their families and friends talk about them. They did an amazing job of capturing the stories of the lives lost on that day. It was hard to spend much time in this room without feeling overwhelmed with loss.

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One of my favorite parts of the museum was a giant piece of artwork hung in the large entry. The piece is called “Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning”  it is made up of 2,983 single squares of paper, one square for each person killed in the Sept. 11 attacks and also in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.  Each square of paper is hand-painted a different shade of blue. The quote of the artwork says “No Day Shall Erase You From The Memory Of Time” I was very moved by this piece and encourage anyone who goes to the museum to spend some time reflecting on it.

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After visiting the museum we made the decision to visit the new One World Trade Center. We paid to go 101 floors up to the observatory and take in the view. There was something moving about riding that elevator all the way to the top and celebrating the strength of rebuilding something. And the views from the top are breathtaking.

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