With 45 hours in New York City, Brian had us "on the clock." Once he realized how much later it was going to be before I got into New York, he got on the computer and rearranged our reservation at the 911 Memorial. I was so moved by this Memorial! The mood is very somber at the site, and the security presence is quite strong. But there seems to be a very cooperative attitude, more of an appreciation, toward this security compared to what I feel in airports. In airports, it can often seem like an adversarial relationship with security, or at least if often seems like a gum-chewing, indifferent, cranky person just wants to yell irritably at someone, treating them like they are a nuisance. The atmosphere at the Memorial was decidedly different.
Hour 14:47: Brian had us take the subway to the site:
Hour 14:50: Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to walk on the Brooklyn Bridge; our time was short.
The site Dedication:
Hour 15:15: I was very impressed with how the site chose to commemorate the actual location of the two destroyed towers. Two large pools/fountains outline the shape of the North and South towers.
You can see, reflected in the water, the image of the new towers being built:
Names of the people who died in the towers are engraved in the walls surrounding the fountains:
Self-reflection in the walls of the building which will eventually house the museum of the 911 Memorial:
Our time was short, but this was a very moving experience. You do "go" to the Memorial; you "feel" the 911 Memorial.