September 11, 2001 – the day the earth seemed to stand still… the day the world witnessed an attack like no other… the day where nearly 3,000 innocent, precious lives were loss tragically… the day that changed the world!
In time with the 16th anniversary of the fateful 9/11, I would like to share my solemn experience that I will never forget when I visited the “National September 11 Memorial Museum,” from the World Trade Center in New York City.
The 9/11 memorial and museum is an inspiring symbol of American resilience over terrorism. It contains two large waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within footprints of the Twin Towers that fell on 9/11. The memorial infinity pools are truly stunning and a very serene way to represent lost lives.
The name of every person who died in 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the memorial pools.
The museum indeed gave me a solemn experience with too many things to reflect on the tragic event. The many unanswered questions and confusion on the hatred and cruelty of mankind nowadays… WHY?
It gave me a better understanding of the impact that 9/11 had on the world we live today. The museum is complete with so many memorabilia on display, prompting any visitor to contemplate and feel sad. Various pictures, articles, artifacts and recordings left behind in and rescued from the rubble are shown, and some films are available for viewing.
The one that got my attention is the wall with a quote from Virgil. Based from researched, the installation surrounding the “No Day Shall Erase You From The Memory Of Time,” a Virgil quote is called “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on that Tuesday Morning.” The artist Spencer Finch designed the installation. He painted 2,983 watercolors to represent each of the victims of the tragic attack. It shows the uniqueness of each individual who loss their lives.
I visited several museums in some parts of the world, but this is so far the most emotional and moving experience I ever felt inside a museum. It is breathtakingly tragic and heroic at the same time. The deafening silence inside the museum says it all.
I would like to close this blog with a prayer for every individual who loss their lives in that tragic attack, and I pray that nobody anywhere else in the world has to live through a day like that again.
9/11 Memorial Museum Information
Sun-Thu 9 AM-8 PM last entry at 6 PM
Fri & Sat 9 AM-9 PM last entry at 7 PM
Adult: $24 Senior: $18 Children: $15
an average visit takes approximately 2 hours