NYC 9-11 Reflecting Pools
Friday, May 24, 2019
I was in New York City for about a week recently. On my trip I thought I would go to the 9-11 Memorial. I wasn't sure how I would feel about going there. I have some history with the World Trade Center and the Port Authority. My dad worked as an electrician when the trade center was being built in the early 60's. During college, I worked on the 86th floor of 1 World Trade. When my dad retired, he worked as a contractor for the Trade Center and finally quit when the first bombing occurred in the parking garage in the 90's. My best friend lost her husband to the 9-11 terrorist collapse. He was a fire fighter in the brigade that was the first responder on sight. On my trip another college friend who never missed a day of school and was never late to class was late going to work on 9-11. He worked at the world trade center and should have/would have been in the building when the plane hit had he been on time as he always was…such a chilling story.
I wasn't sure how I would deal with visiting the memorial, but I was amazed how something so tragic could end up so peaceful. I wrestle with the sense of that. I thought I would share my pictures.
Another college friend currently works at the world trade. He brought me up to his office; it overlooks the reflecting pools of the memorial. From high above I could see the reflecting pools. I could also see what appeared as white dots on the black marble. Once down on the ground and at the reflecting pools, those white dots are actually white roses. The memorial fund places a single white rose for the person who lost their life during the 9-11 tragedy on their birth date. Visitors show their respects to a lost one by first placing the palm of their hand in the water trough just below the black marble then placing the wet hand on the victim’s name. It is said as the water disappears, the victim is letting the visitor know they are thankful for the visit and for remembering them in a special way; it is a sign of their spirit’s presence.
The two reflecting pools cover the exact footprints of the original Twin Towers. Each is about an acre in size and together they make the largest man-made waterfall in North America. The falls blast about 26,000 gallons of water a minute over 30-foot, black granite walls. The sound of the falls is actually very calming.
The names of the victims are actually arranged by the tower they ere in and their affiliation with the 9-11 attack. The names of those who died were placed next to each other in a very meaningful way as they are marked with the family and friends as they had lived, worked and died. I also found this to be very meaningful; I know for myself those I work with are my family and sometimes I seem to know them better than some of my real blood family.
Near the reflecting pools there is a tree some of which is held up with cables. This tree is the Survivor Tree. It is a living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth. The tree is some sort of pear tree and is the only surviving tree from the attack.
Here are pictures of the reflecting pools at the memorial: