New York City ~ 9/11 Memorial and Museum

October 4th ~ 9/11 Memorial

The local neighborhood near our hotel

I was sound asleep when the phone rang. Hearing my Mother-in-Law’s voice on the end of the line brought me to a quick focus. “Turn on your TV” she instructed. An airplane had just struck the World Trade Center in New York City.

I’m betting that most of you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing on September 11th, 2001. 

We spent the better part of that day glued to our television as another airplane slammed into the second tower, the third hijacked plane flew into the Pentagon and the fourth and final plane was crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.

Visiting the memorial site was the number one thing on my list of things to do while in New York City.

Inside the Oculus

Taking the subway just around the corner from our hotel brought us right to the doorstep. Exiting through the Oculus was an experience all by itself. This shiny new winged structure is both a transportation hub and a high-end shopping complex.

Looking out from inside the Oculus

Outside of Oculus

The 9/11 Memorial site can not help but bring up strong emotions. We had the opportunity to speak with a volunteer as we overlooked the water flowing into the pool. He had been in upper Manhattan when the first plane struck. He lost five friends that day. It was at that point that I started to tear up and could no longer speak. I tapped my hand over my heart at the only gesture I could make.

Joanne and Tim at one of the memorial pools

Names of the deceased are all engraved around the edge of the pools

One World Trade Center aka Freedom Tower looms over the pools.

The museum next door is so well done. There is a historical section which documents before, during and after 9/11 as well as a memorial exhibition.

Original flag that was hung on 9/11 at the site

Slurry wall and the last column

Be sure to allow extra time. They say that the average visit is two hours. We were inside for four hours and I would probably have spent longer had they not closed the place.

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There is an auditorium upstairs where we watched two excellent films. My favorite was called Facing Crisis: America Under Attack which features Condoleezza Rice, Mayor Giuliani and then President George Bush talking about that day and how events unfolded from their perspective.

Twisted metal remains

Radio and TV antenna from top of the North Tower

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When we exited the building, it was well after dark so we got to see the memorial all lit up. Both day and night views are memorable.

Memorial Site at night

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GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we had plenty of time to truly experience both the memorial and museum. They are worthy of your full, unhurried attention to give the site, the history and the victims their due respect.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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45 Responses to New York City ~ 9/11 Memorial and Museum

  1. Michael Alesko says:

    I can only imagine the emotions upon visiting there. Good account and photos.

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  2. John Love says:

    I was just retired, first time, and so was home and able to see and hear everything on 9/11. I was obsessed and depressed. I then got myself into trouble with a dot.com that became a disaster. The reason I am not out doing what you are doing. I blame it on my depression, which I soon got over and went back to work. I am retired now, again! Or rather I just quit working. So I cannot afford world travelling, just some trips in the northwest I love, so we travel with you, and enjoy it very much. I just saw more of the memorial than I have seen before, teared up with you as you spoke about it, and am glad you allow us to journey with you! You do a tremendous job of bringing your travels to life for us! Thank you!

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  3. I had a similar experience visiting the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania which I blogged about here: https://tumbleweedstumbling.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/flight-93-national-memorial/
    I ended up crying at one point but it was a good cry and a long overdue one. Thank you for sharing. I hate big cities and I can’t imagine ever going to New York on purpose. I appreciate the glimpse.

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  4. joylennick says:

    Thank you both. All so very moving. I was in Spain, where I now live and watched it unfold on the TV set in absolute horror. I wrote the following poem about the tragedy.
    THE AFTERMATH OF NINE ELEVEN
    Long after eulogies have been said,
    guilt, anguish, recriminations have been put to bed –
    cherished memories float on battered minds
    that lift the spirit and a kind

    of healing process then begins.
    Dry-eyed – the well is spent –
    a funny limerick is found…
    a loving note he meant to send.

    A breeze-born waft of jasmine
    and she is there…
    A burnished copper leaf
    reminds you of her hair.

    A favourite walk, cafe, a tune…
    memories held so dear.
    You pray that time will not prune
    too much and leave the futile fear
    that one day the memory of their
    earthly presence will all but disappear..
    Rest in peace dear people.
    Joy Lennick

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    • Joy, what a wonderful poem and tribute to the day and to the people whose lives were forever changed. That was lovely of you to share it with us. Thank you!

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    • joylennick says:

      Glad you liked the poem. Although it’s naturally more heart-warming to write about upbeat things and nature, when we’re moved, the words arrive…
      Your wonderful trip is memorable in so many different ways. What a grand tour, eh! Trust you’ll write a book? Carry on traveling… Best wishes. Joy xx

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  5. Cal Common says:

    Great blog post. Clear, concise, great photo’s and subject.

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  6. Maxxtrails says:

    There is so much I want to say, and so little I can say. They were still building the memorial when I visited New York but I did spend some time at the little church across that street that amazingly survived the attack. Thank you for sharing these pictures.

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  7. Sandi says:

    Visiting the 9/11 Memorial was at the top of the list of things to do when we visited NYC for the first time in 2014. My kids were 3, 5, 7, and 9 at the time of the attacks, but the older ones remember that day, and all have grown up under the shadow of that event. Very moving experience to visit the museum.

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  8. Mollie Hunt says:

    I so much enjoy your travels.

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  9. joliesattic says:

    Thank you very much for sharing. It would be hard to see it without crying. I can’t imagine. My friend at Red Cross, (retired pastor) offered emotional counseling and support for those of 9-11. He was there for 6 months. It was a difficult time and when he returned, as required, had to get counseling himself. I hadn’t known they did that, but it makes sense they would. I’m glad they let you take pictures.

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  10. MIssed it when I was in NYC last year, but I also recommend the monument park set up outside of the Pentagon. Much smaller of course but beautifully designed, really a place to remember.

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  11. Terry says:

    We were in Edinburgh Scotland in the castle on that day. Did not hear of the disaster for 3 hours, tremendous shock to us. Visited NYC in 2004 but there was still just a large hole in the ground. It would be great to see what they have built and this museum. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Excellent post. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. lulu says:

    I have not visited this sight since 9/11, but it’s time.

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  14. Tim Harlow says:

    Really great article. Thank you. I cannot imagine how that would feel to be there. That day changed all of our lives forever. It must have been tough to write about your experiences, but you did a wonderful job.

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    • Thank you Tim. Those who created the memorial did an outstanding job of documenting the events that lead up to the attack, the day itself and the recovery. It is a great tribute to those who perished as well as the first responders.

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  15. I can imagine this would be a very emotional experience. The memorial and museum were not complete the last time we visited NYC , so it’s time to return. One of my good friends worked for the firm that engineered the Oculus—very cool structure. Great post!

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  16. Boo says:

    I am friends online with one of the wives of the NYFD names etched there. She’s a pillar of strength….

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  17. thirdconchie says:

    My husband and I are going to NYC next spring. Thanks for this insight!

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  18. Of course I remember where I was. It’s why I want to visit this museum and pay homage to all that happened.

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