Ground Zero

I could have written about each 9/11 victim every single day and it would have taken me more than eight years to cover them all. I thought about that 14 years ago, and I thought about it again last week when I visited Ground Zero. The number of victims, 2,983, still seems mind boggling and I commend the planners and architects who built the 9/11 Memorial. The deceptively simple design manages to honor each one. Two, acre-long reflecting pools rimmed in bronze panels feature each name. Giant waterfalls anchor the ends and throughout the plaza, life affirming trees grow. I can’t say for sure that Leonard Pitts’ Pulitzer Prize winning column, written the day after the 9/11 attack, inspired the planners of this magnificent space, but I can say that those words echoed through my head as I made my way through. As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish. One World Trade Center does rise, triumphantly. Its 104 stories make it the tallest building in the world. Beneath it families, tour groups, idling business people mingle under rising shade trees. Metaphorically, construction continues of the site. The healing goes on.

NYPD Ground Zero
I like this view of the NYPD security booth and the World Trade Center Towers rising behind it. 60 police officers lost their lives on 9/11, including 23 from the NYPD.
One Ladder company
Ladder Company 10 and Engine Company 10 are located at 124 Liberty Street, right across from the world Trade Center. 341 fire fighters lost their lives in 9/11, including six from Ladder Company 10.
Wells Remy Crowther
The names of each victim are clearly etched in brass with room for extra decorations including flags and flowers. I said a special prayer for Welles Remy Crowther, thanks to the flag someone had placed on his name.
Terrence Adderly Jr.
Likewise, I said a few words in honor of Terrence Adderly Jr., thanks to the rose someone had placed there.
Dedicated to those who serve
The whole wall across the street from Ground Zero is dedicated to the firefighters lost there, and each one is pictured next to this mural.
Survivor Tree
This pear tree is known as the Survivor Tree, the only one to survive the attack. Then it was an eight-foot stump. Today, it stands, green, healthy and 30 feet tall.
Flag in front of one world trade center
I like the paper flag at the base of the strong, steel tower.
A businessman reflects
A lone businessman reflects near the entrance of the museum.

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