September 11, 2001 was a devastating day in America when several planes were used in a terrorist attack. The most disastrous planes hit the 2 World Trade Centers in Manhattan, NY killing thousands of innocent people. The damage was incomprehensible as the two towers crumbled. Manhattan was able to stand strong after the attack and re-built a beautiful memorial in it’s place along with the One World Trade building.
Since I live in the NYC area, I’ve had the opportunity to visit One World Trade and the memorial on several occasions. I’ll share my experience with you regarding the sites and why it’s a must visit in this city. The one thing I always find interesting is hearing people’s stories of exactly where they were and what they were doing when it happened. An experience like this will leave a strong impression on anyone.
This is the One World Trade Tower that stands right beside the 9/11 memorial. It’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and was finished in November 2014.
These are beautiful pictures from inside of the tower. You can see in so many directions. It’s honestly a better view than the Empire State Building. If you look hard enough, you can spot the Statue of Liberty in the bottom picture.
This is a really special picture. It looks down upon the memorial. The big square was where one of the towers actually stood.
We finally made our way outside and to the actual memorial. It’s now a beautiful square with a fountain that runs in it. On the outside are names written of all the individuals who passed away that day.
People leave roses all over the fountain next to names. I assume it’s the innocent victims’ relatives and friends that still mourn the loss of their loved ones.
Another really special aspect of the memorial is that a light shines from the site for a week before the 9/11 day to commemorate the day and remind us all of the horrible act that occurred. Since we live right across the river in Hoboken, we are lucky to be able to experience this light right outside our door. We captured this beautiful picture on a full moon while we looked across to the NYC skyline.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victim’s families and friends. This memorial shows that NYC isn’t easily defeated and does rebuild to stand strong.
Hope you enjoyed this post 🙂