Last week I visited the 9/11 memorial and was thoroughly moved. I first visited New York in October of 2001 so I seen the destruction that hit the city so hard first hand, then to return back 13 years later and see what they have created in memory of the tragedy is unbelievable.
The 9/11 Memorial opened on the 10th anniversary of the attacks and is two massive pools/fountains set in the footprints of the original Twin Towers. Doted all around the pools are all the names of the people engraved in bronze, that lost their lives, nearly 3000 people. The Memorial was designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker. Their design was selected through an international competition that received 5,201 submissions from 63 countries.
Reading the information about the site and walking round was really touching and made me cry. Especially when I seen a white rose slotted into one of the names of the victims as this signifies that it was recently her birthday.
I would really recommend visiting this site if you go to New York. It is free to enter but donations of $5 or $10 are recommended and this Spring will see the opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Visiting the memorial also allows amazing uninterrupted views of the new One World Trade Center, which in itself is breathtaking.
Would you like to visit the memorial?