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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:



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  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    I'm so glad you got a chance to go see the 9-11 memorial since you have so many connections to the World Trade center and the towers that fell. I hope to visit NYC someday and see the memorial for myself. I did not know many of the things you explained. Thank you for sharing the pictures you took as well as your experience visiting the memorial. I imagine it's an experience you'll never forget! emoticon
    30 days ago
  • AMYBELLES
    I am so glad you got to go there with all the history you have with the WTC. I went there in September and have similar pictures of the reflecting pools and survivor tree, but like Hope, I didn't know a lot of those facts you told us about - thank you for sharing all the info! Did you go inside the tribute museum? It was quite sobering and moving. Something all Americans should see, IMO!
    31 days ago
  • CHARBOURESSA
    That is truly amazing. Thank you so much for the picture sharing as I doubt I will ever get there. Really NYC is not at the top of my bucket list but your story is touching from so many sides. You were definitely meant to go there.
    31 days ago
  • JAZZYGF
    THANKS FOR THE PHOTOS WE WERE ON THE TOP OF THE TRADE CENTER BEFORE ANY OF THOSE BOBMINGS i HAVE A TV SHIRT AND PHOTOS OF US
    WE ARE STILL BUSY HATE THIS BUT TODAY OUR LAST TRIP TO FARMERS MARKET AND THE GODDAUGHTERS CELEBRATING SUES 50TH BIRTHDAY
    THEN NOTHIGFOR A FEW DAYS
    31 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46
    Thank You for your beautiful blog. I hope to visit New York eventually, and will definitely view the reflecting pools. I was still teaching on 9-11 and right before I left for school, I went to turn off the TV, just as one of the NBC Newsmen commented on what a beautiful day it was in New York...……...not a cloud in the sky...…..and a view of Manhattan with the World Trade Center rising above everything. I got to school and one of my students ran up to my car, and asked me if I had heard about the planes flying into the towers. I couldn't believe it...………..it had looked so peaceful when I saw it just minutes before.
    32 days ago
  • LPORTER2015
    Such a beautiful blog and pictures! It takes strength to visit places like this. Wishing you the best during this holiday weekend!
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    32 days ago
  • DLDMIL
    It is very calming and unbelievable. It is very remarkable that the tree survived and was preserved during all the construction.
    I will be going back the next time I am in NYC.
    32 days ago
  • CATLOVER110
    I went there about a year ago, but I didn't learn all the things you explained. It's a very moving place.
    32 days ago
  • TERRACOTTAGE
    Very lovely and thoughtful way of showing respect and remembrance of those who died. It's a comfort to us Canadians who lost many there too. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    32 days ago
  • BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon for sharing...I'm sure that's something you'll never forget... emoticon
    32 days ago
  • BEFIT019
    So sad! And thank you for going there! emoticon
    32 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    No words. Just hugs. Thank you for sharing.
    32 days ago
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