I still remember what I was doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. I think we all do. Recently I had an opportunity to visit the National September 11th Memorial and I brought my two young boys. My older son, knows about 9/11 although not in-depth. We didn’t say much to my little one, but he could still sense that this was a place of quiet reflection and sadness. The museum is recommended for ages 10 and up, so we made the decision not to visit the museum with the kids though I am sure it is worthwhile.
The outdoor reflecting pools and waterfalls are surrounded by panels engraved with the names of all those who lost their lives at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. It is a beautiful and moving tribute worth taking the time to see. I’ve included some information from the official website.
The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.
The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.
The Memorial is surrounded by beautiful gardens and many new buildings, the tallest of which is called the Freedom Tower. It stands at 1,776 feet which is taller than the original Twin Towers. It dominates the skyline and is quite an impressive site.