9/11 Memorial

Sep 122004
Authors: Nicole Davis

NEW YORK-The Empire State Building. Yankee Stadium. The Statue

of Liberty. Ground Zero.

It has become a must-see on any New York tourist’s list, and

being a New York tourist myself over the weekend I went to see


I have to admit that I am a little skeptical about memorials

like the one at Ground Zero. It has always seemed to me like a bad

idea to dwell on terrible things that happened in the past. Before

this weekend, it struck as slightly over-dramatic and something

that could only cause more pain.

As I stepped out of the subway terminal onto the street I didn’t

have to check a map, or ask where to go. Even though I couldn’t see

Ground Zero I could feel where it was.

When you are in New York City you are constantly surrounded; by

people, by noise, by tall buildings, but when you are close to the

former site of the World Trade Center towers you can feel the hole.

Not just the massive hole left in the ground, which there is, but a

hole in the city itself.

I walked around the site and I was surprised by how much emotion

I felt. To see the site where Sept. 11, 2001, happened and to

imagine how it must have been is mind-blowing and it converted me.

I am now a believer in memorials, some at least. Nothing, not

stories or pictures or television specials, could be more powerful

than looking down into that pit and seeing grass growing out of

what used to be the foundation of one of the Twin Towers.

The people of New York have moved on. Hundreds of them walk by

that hole every day on their way to work, in their business suits,

carrying briefcases, not even stopping to look. For them it has

become just another part of their daily commute. But the memorial

isn’t really for them- they experienced Sept. 11, 2001,


The memorial is for people like me- people who can’t truly

understand until they see.

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