This weekend I was privileged enough to be able to make a trip to NYC for the first time. You might have caught that from the sudden overflow of love our Instagram account suddenly displayed toward the city. But it wasn’t the Empire State building, Central Park (and Perk) that drew my attention but rather the memorial for the 9/11 attacks. Today being the anniversary for that tragic day, I thought it appropriate to discuss my emotions upon seeing the World Trade Centre Memorial.
The memorial itself is two huge pools of cascading water that replaces the actual locations of either building. For those of you who haven’t yet seen the site, I really do believe it captures the sorrow and tragedy of the event.
The tourists are mostly respectful and the security patrolling the area carefully ensure that visitors are respectful. There are many who come to visit their loved ones’ names engraved upon the black stone that forms the perimeter around the pool and they often leave a mark of their visit through a single rose stuck into their loved ones’ names.
I was five years old in 2001 and unfortunately, the real travesty behind 9/11 had not fully been comprehended by yours truly until a few years ago upon my arrival in North America. Even then I did not realise how much of an impact the attack had upon the world, perhaps because I was already used to a world where states guarded their borders zealously with layers of security measures. The ripples of the attack are still felt 14 years later and can be seen through the tightened border security and talks about building a physical wall between the world’s largest unprotected borderline, Canada and the United States.
There are no words to describe how how heartbreaking it is to see the roses left behind in the names upon the black marble around the pools. Today, on the anniversary of one of the world’s most senseless and horrific attacks, I’d like to pay my respects the heroic and innocent who died needlessly. Remembering sadness is difficult to do on a daily basis but for one day I think we can use the past to influence and move toward creating positive change in the world.
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Until next time,