Tuesday, June 12, 2012

9/11 Memorial

I am sure that most people remember where they were on September 11, 2001.  When I came to live in New York I became more aware of the horrific events that took place that day, and how people are still affected.

It took many years to decide what should be put in place of the twin towers and what would be the best way to honor those lost in the attacks.  A competition was held to design a memorial, and in 2004 'Reflecting Absence' was chosen.

I went to visit the 9/11 Memorial last week and I think they succeeded in creating a place where visitors can pay their respects and reflect on what happened that day.  There are two large waterfall pools where the towers used to stand and the names of the names of those killed are inscribed on bronze parapets around them.

The North Tower Pool
The pools are surrounded by the trees of the Memorial Plaza which is one of the most Eco-friendly to be created.  As you can imagine there is a lot of construction work taking place around the memorial as the area is rebuilt.  I am sure that once this is finished the area will feel even more calm and peaceful.

1 World Trade Center-The Freedom Tower
Tickets are required to visit the 9/11 Memorial and can be obtained online.  Although entry is free there is an opportunity to make a donation when you reserve your time slot.  Visitors will have to go through security before entering the memorial, so be prepared to queue when it is busy.

I was very moved during my visit to the 9/11 Memorial.  Seeing all of the names listed in front of me made think about how many lives have been affected by this event.  Visiting the memorial gave me the opportunity to pay my respects to those people.  

For more information, to reserve tickets and make donations please visit  http://www.911memorial.org/.


  1. Thought you ought to mention our very own contribution to our own folk who perished on 09/11. The recently renamed Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Gardens, is located not far from the Twin Towers site in Hanover Square.

  2. Hi Andy,

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention as embarrassingly I didn't know this existed. I will definitely go and have a look when I am in the area next. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it!