New York City

After a quick stop at the Doughnut Plant on the Lower East Side, I commuted for 20 minutes via the J train to get to the 9/11 Memorial downtown.  I had ordered my ticket online while waiting on Delancey train platform, so when I arrived in the Financial District I popped over to 20 Vesey Street to pick up my pass.  The line moved quickly and the surrounding multimedia displays kept everyone engaged during the wait.  After receiving my paper ticket and my 9/11 Memorial bracelet, I headed down Church Street towards the Memorial entrance.

The gray skies set the tone, but once I entered the Memorial grounds, the power of the human spirit was all encompassing.  As I walked past the 9/11 Memorial Mission statement, I realized, I could never find the words to say it more respectfully.

9/11 Memorial Mission:

Remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children murdered by terrorists in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001.

Respect this place made sacred through tragic loss.

Recognize the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their lives to save others, and the compassion of all who supported us in our darkest hours.

May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.

911The rain started to fall and I took one final glance at the South Pool.  As my stride took me away from the Memorial, my mind was still scrolling across the beautiful bronze fixtures holding names of thousands that I never met, but I couldn’t help but think they were just like me, my husband, our friends and colleagues, or those that I sat next to on the J train.  We will always remember.


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