Sunday, July 3, 2016

9/11 Memorial

Vince wanted to visit the 9/11 memorial in Manhattan, so we went in today.  We just toured the outside part of the memorial, deciding not to see the underground part.  I have seen the underground museum, and it is a wrenching experience, taking you back to the days of the attacks and destruction.  Not for the faint of heart.  The outside plaza with the memorial pools are just sublime for so many reasons, and they are very calming.  The fact that the pools exist in the footprint of where the two World Trade Center towers once existed is very powerful as well.  This part of the memorial is called "Reflected Absence" and was designed by Israeli architect Michael Arad.  We should be thankful for his understated brilliance.  Of course, half the people who visit the memorial do selfies of themselves and the site.  The pools, by the way, are one acre each in size, and are the largest man-made waterfalls in the United States.

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