When I heard that our family was going to New York, the 9/11 Memorial and the museum was the first place I wanted to visit. Not only because it’s famous for its beautiful architecture, but because I wanted to see the photographs of the people ,at that time ,in action. When I arrived, it was raining which led to an even heavier atmosphere. The entire structure, where the building once stood, was absolutely incredible.
There were hundreds of names engraved, and many were names of those in rescue teams. Just imagining what it would have been like at that time gave me chills and the videos I saw of people falling down from the buildings when I was little left me dumbfounded.
Not 100% sure if this is correct, but a man passing by told me that flowers are put on their birthdays. I did see couple of the same flowers around the memorial, but still not sure if the fact is correct.
The tree below is the Survivor Tree, the only tree that endured the fall of an entire building. It was removed and taken care of in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and made its way back to symbolize “living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth”. You can find more about the tree here.
You can clearly see the difference in the branches that were standing during the attack and ones that grew after.
I went into the 9/11 Memorial Museum to see the photographs that were taken at that time. Though I wasn’t able to photograph that photographs – copyright issues – I was stunned at how beautiful they were. They captured the very moments of people in sorrow, people as heroes, and people’s last breaths. Though I’m not a professional photographer nor do I plan to pursue photography anytime in the future, it made me want to capture those feelings some day.
This wall, believe it or not, is made up of unique shades of blue. At first, I didn’t believe it and tried to find those that were the same. However, my mom walked by, saying, “I think they’re hand-painted. You can never made the same shade when people hand-paint it”.
I couldn’t read the explanation thoroughly, since there were lots of people surrounding it. It’s most likely a Pillar standing after the attack where people put of photographs of their loved ones in memory. The painted letters and numbers, I believe, were the stories.
As a Californian, the 9/11 always seemed so far away. It didn’t hit me as much as it did when I saw the memorial, photographs, and destroyed pillars and firetrucks myself. It was an amazing learning experience for me, and definitely one I won’t forget.