An Opportunity to Pay Homage: 9/11 Memorial and Museum
While we are approaching thirteen years since the horrific events of September 11th took place, for many of us, the tragedy still feels new. With all of the social progress in the United States and New York City since the attacks, we all have a lot to be grateful for moving forward.
With time passing, it becomes increasingly important to maintain memory and honor for those who lost their lives so many years ago. It’s vital to the grieving and social recovery of this country and to the education of those who are too young to remember. These actions are being taken and honed by the newly constructed 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
The memorial is a stunning architectural and visual achievement. Consisting of twin reflecting pools each close to an acre large, the grandiosity of this tribute certainly relates to the extreme nature of the attacks. The pools sit where the towers once stood and they feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. Every individual who passed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks has their name inscribed into the bronze panels surrounding the twin pools. Artistically and metaphorically this memorial feels like a truly appropriate place to remember and contemplate.
The National September 11 Memorial Museum is located right in the core of the World Trade Center Site. The large museum is the most focused and primary institution for recollecting the events of 9/11 and the subsequent influences of the attacks. An eclectic collection of personal narratives, artifacts, archives and more make this museum one of the most essential collections of content in US History. Nearly brand new, those who visit and live in New York have an unprecedented opportunity to look back in time through a meditated, elaborate and sensitive lens.
9/11 is never easy to discuss or emotionally remember, but a large number of us find that process important. It’s why we still teach history in school. It’s why people visit Holocaust museums around the world. To shed some positivity on how we’ve handled the tragedy, this museum and memorial showcase incalculable love and thought in the spirit of all those affected.