Visiting the 9/11 Memorial, you can feel the echoes and whispers of the fallen, and understand why after September 11, 2001, America would never again be the same. However, grief and tragedy aren't the only emotions.
It's surprising to see the memorial's emphasis on reconnecting with nature's and its unwavering beauty. While a sense of mourning is certainly a part of the 9/11 Memorial experience, the space subtly invites you to take a meditative pause from your day-to-day lives.
Located within the original foundation of the Twin Towers, the 9/11 Memorial takes up half of the acreage dedicated to the World Trade Center. The site contains almost 400 white oak trees surrounding the largest manmade waterfalls in the entire country. There are also dual Memorial pools that are engraved with the names of those who lost their lives in both the 1993 and 2001 terror attacks. These pools are where many visitors go to rest and reflect.
One of the initial intents of the waterfalls was to drown out the big city sounds, so people could come to the memorial and contemplate without distraction. The Callery pear tree, known as the "Survivor Tree," stands as a reflection of the resilient spirit of America. The tree was recovered from the ashes of the fallen Twin Towers in October 2001.
Learn more about the 9/11 Memorial and Museum tours at www.911memorial.org.
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