If you haven't read parts i or ii yet, scroll way, way down and read those first!
I knew I wanted to see where the Twin Towers had once rose above the New York skyline. As I peered at the massive hole that was left, it made me very sad that I never saw the World Trade Center in person or had any connection to it prior to that moment. Ironically, we had flown as a family into New York City on August 11, 2001 on our way to Switzerland; exactly one month before the September 11th attack. Had I known that was my last chance to see those symbolic buildings, I would have made a huge effort to cement the picture in my memory. But I didn't know what was going to happen and I don't even remember if I saw them out my window that day.
Maybe I should be glad I don't have a past association with the WTC. Cory does. While employed for Think Tools in 2000-2001, he frequently worked at the One Liberty Plaza building, which is to the east of the World Trade Center on the corner of Liberty Street and Church St.
He's never been back to see Ground Zero. He hasn't wanted to, because it hits too close to home. I remember how distressed he was that morning, almost seven years ago, wondering if his co-workers were okay. Luckily, nobody he knew was physically hurt, but I'm sure there are invisible wounds. My friend Darlene, who lived in New York for over ten years, has never been back either. She has a very strong bond and attachment to New York City and the Twin Towers. Again, too many memories.
This next photo is looking towards Ground Zero next to One Liberty Plaza, which the black building on the far right-hand side.
I took that last photo while standing in this cute little park where people can sit, talk and enjoy eating their lunch. Cory ate his lunch there all the time.
There is security surrounding the perimeter of the work site.
It was hard to take a picture because of the fence. I had to poke my camera through the hinge and hope for the best. These are the huge posters of the new World Trade Center that is being build and will be complete in 2012. (They have a lot of work to do in the next four years!!!!)
We walked by a wall that was dedicated to the fire fighters who lost their lives while trying to saves others. It's a beautiful copper colored sculpted memorial; the photo doesn't do it justice.
This poster made it all seem horribly real as I looked at pictures of brave and innocent people that died.
I know this isn't technically a "good" photo, but look closely at the image in the glass window frame. It's the reflection of the new World Trade Center being constructed. Very haunting, but very cool too.
I'm sorry if this post was a little depressing. I'm sure it was as tough reading it as it was writing it. But, I knew Ground Zero needed a post all of it's own. The experience touched me deeply.
Next post will be frivolous and happy and all about the delicious food we ate. Yum. Yum.