⪧ We left our life in New York City to make a new one in Provence ⪦

September 15, 2011

911 Memorial.





Avid, lovely Chris got us tickets to view the 9.11 Memorial as soon as it was opened to the public (9.12). Monday night we headed to the southern end of Manhattan to get in. Normally, the Memorial is still closed to the public because there is construction on all sides of it, making it dangerous to be a viewer, but they've opened it for specific groups for the 10th anniversary. You can go online to get the required tickets. Stephen remarked that he couldn't believe how physical the impact of the memorial is. It is true - the depression space is the same as the towers occupied (there are two fountain caverns) and it feels like empty space in your core when you stand on the side of these pits. The most aching part of the memorial is the middle square in the fountain, which extends down 30 additional feet (appearing bottomless) - that feels particularly mournful.







Chris was highly knowledgeable about every choice of stone and grass plain at the Memorial. He knew that this tree (with the blue remembrance ribbons) was a Callery Pear tree, which had existed on the grounds and had survived the attacks.



















4 comments:

Jill said...

I've been wanting to see this memorial, and seeing it on your blog, through your photos, was the second best way to do that. I hope to see it in person someday though.

D1Warbler said...

I love your photos of the water streams just cascading straight down in gray and silver ribbons. Wonderful!

Xtreme English said...

best way to see it...thank you!

Brad said...

Great photos of an impressive place.

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