September 11, 2001 National Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero

In Manhattan stands the National September 11  Museum and Memorial. On sacred ground the story of September 11 is told.   This includes pictures and thoughts on the memorial. This blog encourages people to attend. 

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” 

Susan Dahl, wife of Jason Dahl of United 93

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

George W Bush

The South Memorial Pool at Dusk

This blog has written about September 11, 2001 in a couple of different entries. You can read those in, “Remembering September 11, 2001” and “Take a Moment and Let’s Remember September 11, 2001. Today’s Post Features a Blog From Someone Who Once Worked in the World Trade Center.”  Visiting the national 9-11 Memorial was powerful and conflicting. It was on the list of items to do while in the area. Seeing the names chiseled into the side of the Memorial Pools. Watching some people deal with the loss and ponder what September 11, 2001 meant caught my eye. However, watching a number of people take selfies at the Memorial Pool when flowers are nearby honestly bothered me. I was trying to reflect if I have seen people take selfies at the Vietnam Wall here in Washington, D.C. I don’t think I have seen that to be honest.

Before heading to the Memorial I grabbed lunch at a nearby Irish pub. I was stuck by all the 9-11 memorials on the wall for the different fire companies. There is one fire company across the street that had a beautiful memorial on the wall outside the fire house. I took a picture of it below. The 9-11 National Museum was well done. Very balanced and not political. It tells the story well of Al Qaeda and how they hijacked four commercial jetliners and how they turned them into weapons. Standing next to the crushed equipment by fire companies was stunning. Seeing twisted beams made to look like they are spaghetti told me a lot about the force of the collapse and the heat of the fire. The actual museum at times limited pictures and it recreated the day as it happened. You can listen to calls from hijacked jets of loved ones saying goodbye. And read about tales of survival inside the World Trade Center. While all of it was touching the United Flight 93 exhibit was what got me. Listening to the re-creation of that flight and hearing about the charging of the cockpit and listening to phone calls was hard. When I looked at the composure of others several people were crying. September 11, 2001 is raw. For younger people like myself its a charge to fight terrorism by radical Isalmists whether it be Al Qaeda or Isis and more. And yet how many people who have gone don’t know the day because they were born after it? This is part of the reason why history is such a crucial discipline. 

Engraving on a side of the fire house across the street. 

Flowers left at the memorial 

The South Tower Memorial Pool. 

Watching how other people are reacting at the 9-11 Memorial 

Trying to recreate the sky that day. 

Twisted steel from the former World Trade Center 

The last beam removed. 

Overlooking the lobby.

Crushed fire truck on display.