During our recent trip to NYC, we visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It opened this past spring and kudos to the people who designed the building and all the exhibits. I thought that the use of some of the remaining artifacts as well as the site itself was very creative.
"As horrible as it was, I didn't want the day to end. It was still a day I had shared with Sean."
One quote from a bystander on the ground tells how she could not turn away. She forced herself to watch as people leaped from the burning tower. She described how one lady, modest to the end, smoothed her skirt and held it down as she jumped. The onlooker doesn't give or likely even know the lady's name. I'd like to think that when that brave woman received her heavenly crown, it was laden with pearls.
If you've visited the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. or even seen the movie, American Sniper, you've had the eery feeling that such silence in a crowd brings. The 911 Memorial and Museum was quiet as a church and rightfully so.
If you go, tickets can be purchased ahead of time, on line. The tickets are for a dedicated time of your specified day. The line forms outside the museum... and it's cold. We were there on a holiday Saturday and we lined up 30 minutes before our scheduled time. We didn't wait outside for the entire time, but we did stand there for a little while. So, bundle up. It's well worth it. We spent a little over 2 hours in the museum and we saw all the exhibits, watched a lot of the video footage as well as the movie.
The 3000 innocent people had names, families, lives and jobs. More than 4oo died in an effort to save others. This can never be forgotten. This museum will make sure.