The title of my original blog post for this series of photos was "There Are No Words," and it's mostly true, but I'll try here as I did for the posting. This site is overwhelming in a lot of ways. It's peaceful but a stark reminder of the horror of that day, now more than a decade past. It's one of those watershed moments in American history; as in the case of that fateful day in Dallas, 1963, Americans for generations to come will be asking those who lived then, "Where were you on that day?"
The National September 11 Memorial site pays tribute to the 3,000 people killed in the attacks on 9-11-2001, the Pentagon and on United 93, as well as the six people killed in the bombing in February, 1993, as well as the hundreds of survivors who bore witness to that tragic day. These massive pools, the South Tower site seen here in the foreground, are almost an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. They stand in the footprints of the Twin Towers. The design, by Michael Arad and Peter Walker was selected from a global competition that drew more than 5,200 entries from entrants in 63 nations. The names are inscribed into the bronze panels surrounding the pools. The site, particularly the recently opened museum, have been somewhat controversial, however, especially concerning the financial support of the memorial. Despite all the surrounding criticism, it's an important site well worth visiting, if only to honor those who lost their lives there.
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worldcitizen (7403) 2014-08-20 16:29
I recently posted my own small series about the 9/11 Memorial and I found it eerily beautiful. I like your chosen POV, with some of the names showing in the foreground. There was still a lot of construction going on when you visited, and there seem to be less people. It's a lovely photo, but I do detect a slight tilt to the right.