A Trip to the 9/11 Memorial Museum

This past weekend the Gillman Group flew to New York for a wedding. While spending time with our family, we took a few hours away to visit the newly open 9/11 Memorial Museum. It was truly a memorable experience that brought you right back to that terrible day in history.

A common question you hear people ask regarding 9/11/2001 is: Do you remember what you were doing when you found out…? Upon entering the museum there is a unique sensory experience of hearing voices recalling their memories of that morning. I know I can remember the exact details I experienced that morning and the days to follow despite the 15 years that have since passed.

Everything in the museum is fascinating and heartbreaking- from seeing remnants of the foundation and the remaining twisted steel to pieces of the actual planes that hit the Twin Towers. The physical amount recovered from Ground Zero is impressive; it’s evident how much meticulous work went into paying homage to the victims and giving visitors a small glimpse of the horror of what transpired that day.

In truth, I could write pages and pages about my experience and how much I am reminded of my love for my country and my sadness for the victims and their families. One profound installation is a wall of varying shades of blue tiles. Over 2800 artists painted tiles representing their memory of the color of the sky that fateful morning. Amid the tiles is a quote by Virgil: “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” A small plaque on the same tiled wall reads, “Reposed behind this wall are the remains of many who perished at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.” The entombed victims, as well as all the victims, remain in our minds and hearts forever.

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