Monday, March 12, 2012

Remembering Ground Zero: The 9/11 Memorial

One can never forget where they were on September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacked our country, killing nearly 3,000 innocent people.

I can never forget, March 2, 2012, my first trip to New York City and my visit to the 9/11 Memorial.

After signing in and going through tight security, it was an incredible feeling to be standing in front of the two memorial pools. I had seen them on television, but seeing them in person ... it nearly took my breath away.

To get perspective on the size of the pool, notice the people around it.

 As I glanced down at the first name, I could instantly hear family members reading names and that sad sound of the bell being rung ... over and over again. It was a very emotional moment.

With the help of computers on site, I found the names of some of my heroes, Todd Beamer and Mark Bingham, two stories that I knew. And I read the names of thousands, who matter just as much, whose stories I did not know.

I was thrilled but deeply saddened that the unborn babies were recognized, as well.

We loved "the survivor tree," which workers found buried under piles of debris. It was brought back to health and recently transplanted, standing proudly on the site.

This is where we wanted to begin our tour of New York City ... and believe me, it was a sobering visit.

(Next week, I will tell you about the fun bits.)

St. Paul's church, right next door, was our next stop. This beautiful historic church, is where George Washington prayed, after his inauguration.

One of my favorite things, is when the Body of Christ 
acts exactly like the Body of Christ should ie. like Jesus would. St. Paul's church sure did

It became a busy and amazing triage center for the thousands of men and women that worked around the clock, looking for survivors and then human remains in the rubble.

The historic president's pew, where George Washington sat, became a place where firefighters, police and volunteers, could sit to have their feet cared for, by podiatrists. Often their boots were melted from standing on the hot ashes.

Small pieces of the makeshift signs have been saved.  We all remember seeing so many of these, in the early days ... when we still hoped for many survivors.

Today, as the new buildings are going up, I remember:

          *the thousands of innocent lives
            that were lost,

          *the brave volunteers,

          *the  countless thousands of family 
           that were left behind to grieve

          *and, the men and women who daily
            serve in the military, to protect our

I remember


  1. A decade plus later,
    I still well up thinking
    about that time, all who
    perished and the rippling
    effects well beyond. We
    could not get tickets to the
    memorial when we were
    there, although we got close.
    Love the foot washing in
    St.Patrick's.....amazing and
    powerful. Thanks for sharing
    this post, Glenda.

    xx Suzanne

  2. Sometimes 9/11 seems only a short time ago. The wounds are still so fresh. I did not realize that the precious unborn babies were mentioned at the memorial. It is quite fitting and so very sad. I'm sure this was a bittersweet visit for you. The photos show just how appropriate the site is.


  3. What a sobering post, Glenda, but very well done. Thank you. I live about an hour & a half from NYC. Last time I was there the memorial wasn't finished, but there was a makeshift memorial on the sidewalk that was so sobering. You are right, we all know where we were on 9/11.

    Thank you again, I'll look forward to the fun bits later!


  4. Oh wow, I have not been in new York since it happened, I am so glad you shared your visit with us. Thanks Glenda, blessings.

  5. The memorial was not there when we visited NYC but we spent quite a bit of time in the church. It was very humbling and emotional ~ I took loads of pictures and still get choked up when I look at them again. Can't wait to see what else you did!

  6. I hope some day to visit this Memorial too.

    I noticed the name Charles F. Burlingame III. His brother is a wonderful surgeon here in Lancaster. Our Marcy (and I) met with him before one of her many surgeries. This procedure involved huge incisions. He was so compassionate which helped ease some of our fears. I was disappointed that he could not do the surgery....another Doc in the group did. I often thought that his brother was probably just as compassionate as a pilot.

    May we never forget...

  7. Thank you for capturing the spirit of the Memorial so beautifully. I have not been back to the city since 9-11, but today I felt its strength through your eyes.

  8. How meaningful that you could visit the 9/11 Memorial. And there is so much to see in NYC - glad you could have that time there ...

  9. A powerful post, Glenda. Thank you for it. Two of my kids and their families are visiting NYC this summer. I will encourage them to get tickets to see this remarkable memorial.

  10. what a great post. you were smart to start there...definately wouldn't want to end my trip there. what a beautiful tribute to even have the unborn babies included. i love that. thank you for the reminder.

  11. Goodness...I can't image being there, at the memorial site. What a flood of emotions! Hope to visit someday and pay my respects.

  12. Glenda, my daughter Leah and I were in New York City visiting my nephew when this happened, 5 days before and 5 days after. I've written a bit about it--the gut level memories are all still there and it's very hard to process. I plan to visit there again some day when I think we're ready.
    There are still tears--thanks for this great post.

  13. I can only imagine how your heart must feel standin' on that hallowed ground. It was a horrific event.

    I hope the rest of your trip is on a lighter note and that ya'll have the time of your life sweetie!

    God bless ya and have an amazin' day!!! :o)

  14. Yes, everyone remembers where they were on 9/11. I was pregnant with number 3 (past due date...she was born 5 days later). On the tenth anniversary this fall, we spent time looking at the facts and talking about it with our kids (who are old enough now to talk through it). But what struck me afresh were the videos (the first time that I've watched any since then). My husband and I spent a summer together in NYC in 1991. Tragedy hits home more to me when I've actually had my foot on that place. So when only he & I were watching the video footage of the burning buildings and news stories, I realized that there was so much that I did not catch at the time. God's grace to me as a mom-to-be. But...I was horrified afresh. So...all that to say, it is a good kind of hard to remember the tragedies that have befallen us and the amazing, heroic acts of so many that shine best in tragedy and the sorrow of the loved ones who lost on that day or who witnessed the horror. It is a good kind of hard. Thanks for reminding us to remember with you.


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