Wednesday, September 11, 2019


9/11 workshop museum art

I will share this post every year because it's important to me that we have a visual reminder of this day, now 18 years ago.

As many of you know, New York is near and dear to us. It's a city we love so very much. I always knew I'd love it, and when my husband took me on my first trip days before September 11, I found out I was right. I was obsessed.

This photo always gives me chills. We're at the top of the Statue of Liberty and you can barely see the towers behind me:

I think it was nine days before 9/11. Nine days later and the towers were gone.

My husband was a band director at the time -- a few months after we were supposed to travel to Japan for a band trip. He canceled that trip and instead we took the kids to NYC. We've seen Ground Zero at it's best and worst. New Yorkers stopped us numerous times and thanked the kids for visiting.

These first 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 (forgive the quality, all were taken with a phone over the years):



Ground Zero Museum

The new 9/11 Museum looks so small from the outside, and you think it will only take an hour or so get through. Plan accordingly because this museum literally goes deep into the Earth and you can spend hours in there. 

It is one of the most well done museums I've ever visited, especially considering the content. The beginning is a tour of the footings and walls of the towers (this wall below was one of the towers). Don't miss the room in the middle in this part of the museum -- it holds photos of each of the victims as well as video about each one. There are no cameras allowed in this space -- it is most definitely a memorial. There is a separate room at the end of the main part of the museum and it can be easy to miss -- but it holds most of the photos, artifacts and videos. It may not be suitable for younger kids but our (then) nine-year-old did fine. (There are parts of this room we steered him away from.) There are no cameras allowed in that area as well. 

If you go give yourself plenty of time and be prepared for the heaviness in your heart that you will feel as you walk through and when you leave. It is overwhelming and unavoidable. I think every person that visits New York City should visit at least once. 

This artwork signifies the color of the beautiful blue sky on that morning. There are 2,983 squares -- one for each person lost on September 11th and at the 1993 bombing. 

God bless all those we lost on that day and their families. God Bless America. 
World Trade Center Memorial fountain

World Trade Center Memorial

One World Trade Center
(Freedom Tower)

If you have plans to visit NYC, be sure to check out my guide for the must-sees on a quick trip. This is especially helpful if it's your first time there. 

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  1. Thank you for this post. I have visited the museum and agree it is a must for everyone to visit.

  2. Thank you for posting this each year. I appreciate it so much. We all NEED to remember. It is definitely on my list to go to NYC and visit the museum.

  3. A well written very tasteful tribute. May we never forget.

  4. I have not been to New York since the museum was built. Your photos had tears running down my face.

  5. Reading this post every year still hurts my heart. I was there three months after 9/11/01 and everyone kept saying, "Thank you for coming." Thank you Sarah for sharing this post every year.

  6. We haven't made it to NYC yet to see the 9/11 Memorial and museum but it is at the top of our list to do in two years. in 2017 we went to the Flight 93 Memorial. It was so moving! I listened to the messages that were left for loved ones. I think by the time I left the exhibit, I was exhausted from so much crying. The families and the planners really did a great job on the memorial as well as the museum.

  7. Thank you for remembering 9/11. I've always wondered what the Memorial is like. Thank you for your description of it and the events.

  8. It's been 18 years and I still feel that "I can't even..." feeling. But we must. Thanks for posting.


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