- Posted September 13, 2011 by
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9-11 Memorial Opens to the Public
On Monday, September 12, 2011, the 9-11 Memorial in New York City opened to the public. I visited the site and was surprised at how it made me feel. I had watched much of the ceremonies the day before and had seen pictures of the Memorial. But being there in person is quite different from seeing it on television.
As I came up the long, winding path to the site I could hear the sound of the rushing water in the reflecting pool. But as I walked in, I didn't see the pool right away. The first thing I noticed was the asymetrical rows of trees and patches of green grass. The arrangement, in the midst of what is still a construction site, immediately made me feel that I was in a sacred place, almost like a church.
The arrangement of the trees and grass is such that the public must walk around them, and at the same time, is separated by them so that there is a feeling of space that is surprising.
And it's quiet, with the only real sound heard that of the reflecting pool. It wasn't until I was leaving that I realized that I hardly heard anyone talk.. voices don't carry and most of the visitors were reverently quiet.
The pool itself is hypnotic and the Memorial is a very peaceful, yet moving place. I think the families finally have the resting place they ached for for their loved ones. The sounds of water rushing in the reflecting pool is calming and comforting. The names of those who perished are engraved all around the pool and many had left mementos and messages by the names.
Tickets to the Memorial are free but you must reserve them online ahead of your visit.