In the summer of 2014, I had the privilege of paying my respects at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum…
My visit included three main sites: The Memorial, Memorial Museum, and Freedom Tower.
The Waterfall Memorials, built upon the very footprints where the twin towers once stood, solemnly immortalize the names of the 2,977 innocent victims (and heroes) of so many nationalities, genders, ages, creeds, and walks of life…
9/11 Memorial Museum
The Museum, built below the memorial on the foundations of the twin towers, is a gut-wrenching and heartbreaking collection of stories, media, personal effects, artifacts, and tributes that lament the worst but also celebrate the best in humanity.
I’ll let the images speak for themselves…
The Freedom Tower
Now renamed One World Trade Center, it stands as a monument to resilience, reconstruction, and hope.
I had the privilege of viewing the city from atop the tower in absolute freedom and safety, thanks to the dedication and sacrifice of countless unsung heroes in law enforcement, intelligence, the foreign service, and military who’ve been quietly providing that freedom and safety ever since that terrible day.