The 9/11 Memorial and Museum honors those who we lost on that fateful day in 2001. Opened in July of 2014, years after 9/11, the museum is built on the actual spot where the twin towers stood. It is a place of dignity, where respect is paid to all those who lost their lives or aided others and survived. Here are some highlights of our somber visit.
The Reflecting Pools
The waterfalls and pools are lined with bronze panels engraved with the names of everyone who died in the 1993 and 2001 attacks. Standing in the presence of this vast roll call of names, you begin to realize the extent of the loss on 9/11. This was the largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil, as well as the greatest loss of rescue personnel in the history of America.
The Tridents and Entry
An audio guide tells about many stops in the museum. You can rent one in the entrance hall, or you can download the 9/11 Memorial Museum app and listen on your phone. I did this before I left for New York, and it worked well.
Here you see the slurry wall of the North Tower that held back the river and the Last Column. This is the final steel beam left standing at Ground Zero. It’s signed by rescue personnel and those who helped move it to this hall in 2013. Today, it’s a symbol of resilience. As one of the scribbled tributes to the lost and the helpers reads: “God bless them all.”
Ladder Company 3 Truck
The Survivor Tree
One pear tree stood still living in the rubble of the towers. With its broken branches and roots, it was dug up and transplanted outside what is now the memorial and museum. It flourishes among the many other trees now planted in the plaza. After spending hours in the sobering 9/11 Memorial and Museum, we came outside to stand under this tree, which, as the museum says, is a “living reminder of resilience, survival, and rebirth.”
If You Go:
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is open daily.
Hours: Sunday through Thursday – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
You can order tickets in advance online or use a New York City Pass to prepurchase tickets at a discount and go to the front of the line. This is what we did and it worked well.