Friday, September 11, 2015

Fourteen Years


Hello my friends -- this is something I do every year on September 11 and I'll keep doing it until it doesn't feel right anymore. I don't see that happening any time soon.

I've mentioned one or 150 times over the years that New York City is one of my favorite places on Earth. I knew the second we arrived there for my first trip 14 years ago that I would love it. That trip was less than two weeks before September 11, 2001.

That day the devastation wasn't just in NYC, and it was felt all over the world. But when we visit the city every year we always make time to visit Ground Zero. The new monuments are simply incredible. The sheer size gives you pause. We tried to visit the new museum during our trip earlier this year but not surprisingly, the line was crazy long. Next time we will make a point to dedicate at least half a day to it.

These photos are from the Ground Zero Museum and tell the story of that day. This location is separate from the new museum – it used to be closer to Ground Zero but it looks like it’s moved to 14th street. If you visit the city I highly recommend visiting both.

I let the photos do the talking:


 
 
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Ground Zero Museum World Trade Center Memorial fountain World Trade Center Memorial One World Trade Center
(Freedom Tower)


28 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post, Sarah. I have a small handful of decorating blogs that I follow and you were the only one to remember this sad anniversary. I'm likely over-reacting, but there's something "off" to me about posting a silly, happy little decor post without at least mentioning a word or two about the significance of the day.
    Sofia F.

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  2. Thank you so very much for sharing these pictures. I couldn't help but cry as I pray for these families & for America.

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  3. Thank you for sharing. Such an emotional day, even 14 years later.

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  4. Thank you for this post. Very touching.

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  5. Thank you! Today is my mom and dad's 44th wedding anniversary, which I do tend to remember only because I'm thinking about this day. I do not believe I will ever forget the shock of that day. I didn't know at the time what the Twin Towers even were. I remember telling my husband what had happened, barely believing the words that were coming out of my own mouth, and him thinking I was telling him the weirdest, most unfunny joke. I remember how the country pulled together for too short of a time. I remember, and I find it so disheartening that so many seem to want to push it down in history and leave it there.

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  6. Thank you for the memorial post, Sarah. I still tear up every year at this time, especially when I read your annual tribute.

    Today in CT, the day started out rainy and cloudy, but now it has cleared up and the weather is just the same beautiful sunshine as it was on that fateful day. Eerie.

    Keep on posting so we all remember to step away and remember those lost souls.

    Nutmegger

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  7. Thank you Sarah!! I will never forget either and as long as I am living I plan to post a 9-11 memorial on my blog!

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  8. I spent a few years in New York after college and had just moved back to my home state that summer of 2001. New York will always be "home" to me. It is so important that we keep the memories of all the families, friends, co-workers, acquaintances and strangers with us. Both those that were lost and those that lost. Our world will never be the same because of that day. Thank you for remembering.

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  9. I thank officers, firefighters, ems, and military for their service when I see them. This reminds me why I do. It will never be enough but I like to think a "thank you for your service" is a good start. I can barely make it through your post without breaking down (last year I did). I don't know if I could go to the museum, etc. Emotionally I would be a mess. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. This was such an emotional post, the photo where the wife of the firefighter picked up the dust got to me the most. Our first responders are amazing.

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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  11. What an emotional tribute. I have been to New York twice since 9/11 and I would never think to go there without visiting the memorial. I didn't make it into the museum either because of the lines, but hope to some day. Just looking at your post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for not forgetting to honor all those that were lost, and those left behind, on this very sad day. You truly are an inspiration

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  12. All Americans became united in one moment. All wished this had not happened and prayed it would never again. All shared sorrow. All wished for peace, harmony and forgiveness.

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  13. These photos brought home all over again the emotions of that horrific day in our country's history. Like Sweetbug, I'm not sure I could visit the museum without going to pieces. But from now on it's the four amazing drawings, done by a most perceptive child, that I'll always see in my mind when I think of 9/11. Those drawings say it all.

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  14. Thank you for honoring the memory of the people who have suffered and died.

    Marie Claire

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  15. I know this was a hard post to write, Sarah. Reading through bought back so many emotions. My son was born 2 days later and all I could think about was the families who lost so much that day.

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  16. Thanks for a good cry in the middle of the night!

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  17. Thank you for a beautiful, meaningful post.

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  18. When the events of 9/11 happened my parents were vacationing in the Alps. They had no idea about what was taking place. They found a message on their cell phone that said "call from Christian" so they called home right away. They got ahold of my brother Christian who told them what had happened - but he was surprised that they had called him, because he had NOT called them to leave a message. Many strange things happened on that horrible day. Miracles and heart break. Thank you for dedicating such a moving post to it. It will not be forgotten.

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  19. Thank you so much for your wonderful post of remembrance. We must never forget!!!

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  20. I haven't cried over September 11th for a couple of years, but this brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing it. It is so nice to see people like you who honor the memory of all those who were lost.

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  21. What a beautiful post, thank you for helping all of us to remember all the lives that were lost, and to keep them in our hearts and prayers.

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  22. What a beautiful post, thank you for helping all of us to remember all the lives that were lost, and to keep them in our hearts and prayers.

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  23. I'm so glad you posted this. It's wonderful.

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  24. Thank you Sarah. I worry some are already beginning to forget.

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  25. Thank you for posting this. My dear friend, Lisa Frost, was on flight 175 that flew into the second tower. Posts like this comfort me in knowing that others haven't forgotten and keep Lisa's memory alive.

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