Thirty Before 30: 9/11 Memorial

I turn 30 on July 24th, 2014. I’ve created a list of thirty things I’d love to accomplish before then. You can read my introductory post about this challenge here.

24. Do 5 touristy NYC activities

A few weeks ago, on a gorgeous but chilly fall morning, my husband and I visited the 9/11 Memorial. I feel weird calling a memorial a tourist destination, but people from all over the world are coming to NYC to visit it, so it counts.

Since the memorial is currently in the middle of a construction site, we had to reserve our free passes in advance. Once construction is complete, the park and memorial will be open to everyone, no pass necessary.

It was hard for me to capture on camera how stunning the pools are. They’re huge! Water falls down the sides and into the center. It’s a simple design that makes a big impact.

From the 9/11 Memorial Website:

The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.

The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.

I don’t know any of the victims of 9/11, but it was still an emotional experience to see all of those names and imagine how scared they must have been.

Around the memorial, the World Trade Center is being rebuilt. It will have several office buildings. Also under construction is a 9/11 Museum, which will open in September 2012. I definitely want to visit the memorial again once the museum is open. I also hear it’s beautiful at night!

For more information on the 9/11 Memorial, click here.

For all of you celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope it’s a good one! I’ll be back with an ROW80 update on Sunday.

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