Wednesday, April 20, 2016

N Is for Nine Eleven

We're taking a coffee break today.


When I got off the subway on Monday en route to the Wall Street area I realized I was very close to the 9/11 Memorial. I hadn't been there since it opened and decided to sidetrack from my schedule.

This sign in the subway reminded me that there were several "N" things to write about, including the  9/11 Memorial, National Museum of the American Indian and other interesting sites on New York State's Path through History.

This was my view when I exited the subway station, looking north. 

The Memorial and Museum are built on the site where the Towers stood. I had a very disorienting few minutes when I first got here. I had a lot of trouble remembering where the buildings stood and what the Plaza looked like before September 11. I worked about six blocks south of here in 2001 and walked to the Trade Center often to take the train home from or shop in the Concourse below the Trade Center.  


One small section of the Memorial and a dozen lives remembered. It looks very somber -- and it is -- but my photograph doesn't clearly show the water on the inside of the Memorial, which gave me a  sense of eternity. 

This is the area from a different view, with St. Paul's Chapel on the right.   
 
After these sights I thought it was time to take a few minutes to reflect and remember. Yes, there's so little time and so much coffee, but there are days when we take a coffee break.
 

13 comments:

betty said...

I can't imagine seeing it in person. It would be very sobering.

betty
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goodnightgram said...

Thanks for taking us on the detour from your daily plans. Words seem trivial in comparison to the reason for the memorial. I'm glad there was something that gave you a sense of eternity.

Paula Kaye said...

I cannot imagine what it must have been like for you back in 2001. I enjoyed this trip to the Memorial with you today!!

shortybear said...

bless you for sharing

Laura said...

Thank you for sharing this and letting us see what you saw.
Would you consider sharing it tomorrow at Thoughts of Home on Thursday?
This post and your thoughts need to be shared!

Mevely317 said...

I wonder if I'll ever not grow teary-eyed at this scene. At the same time, I pray the day never comes that I don't.

The juxtaposition between the old hotel sign against the modern skyscraper is particularly striking. What an eye you have for capturing the extraordinary!

TARYTERRE said...

A time for reflection well spent.

Denise said...

I had never gone to New York until December, 2001. My friend, who worked in one of the smaller buildings that came down but was busy voting when the tragedy happened, there took me to the site and I was apoplectic. I couldn't help but cry at what happened. It must be very sobering to see it on a regular basis.

Theresa said...

Going there is on my bucket list! What a beautiful day in your city! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Thanks for sharing the memorial with us. It's a time and place I'll never forget. Well worth taking a break for.

Janet Miles said...

Thanks for sharing. I cannot imagine and hope I never have to experience the horror of that time. Great post.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I was there once and noticed how quiet everyone was. It is a very special place. NY has done a wonderful job on this stunning memorial.

Jeanne Bryan Insalaco said...

I still haven't seen it fully finished. My daughter and I visited St Pauls across the street. It was so eerie how it wasn't damaged during 9/11... I live in Ct and that was a scary time.