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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Our Visit to the 9-11 Memorial on November 1st

November 1st was the fifteenth anniversary of the day Dawn and I met for the very first time on top of the Empire State Building.  But we wanted the special day to be more than just a repeat of that cold day in '96.  We wanted new memories we could look back on in the years to come and visiting the 9-11 Memorial at Ground Zero definitely would do that.

Walking around the memorial fountains was extremely moving and both of us were deeply moved as we passed the names of all those who perished in the Twin Towers whether in 1993 or 2001, in the field in Philadelphia or in Washington.  The overwhelming feeling we had was grief for the thousands of loved ones left behind or who witnessed first hand these tragic events.

The two fountains were also a fitting memorial with ever-flowing water falls, each one with a square hole in the centre of each fountain that gave the impression that the water fell into infinity. It was as if they both had the equivalent of an eternal flame making sure we never forget.

Adjacent to the 9-11 Memorial is 1 World Trade Centre, formally named Freedom Tower, a new office building gradually rising out of the rubble that was Ground Zero replacing one of the lost towers. When we visited the site, signs said that it was halfway complete.  When this 105 storey structure, which will stand 1776 feet high, is completed in 2013, it will be the tallest building in the USA and one of the tallest in the world.  We look forward to one day returning to New York and visiting the top just as we did the top of one of the Twin Towers when they stood proud and magnificent at the tip of Manhattan.

As we left the 9-11 Memorial we noticed at the base of 1 World Trade Centre the above. An image that seemed to prove that although many lives were cruelly taken from this world, America will carry on and will continue to stand tall.

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