The words that came to mind when we first approached the September 11th Memorial was speechless, larger than life, humbling and beautifully done. I am sure there are some who would disagree to some extent, but the memorial was without a doubt awe-inspiring.
The city of New York’s acknowledgement and dedication to the victims of this tragedy was done in a way that in my perspective keeps the memory of all those who were lost in an eternal flow of four large square waterfalls pouring down from all sides of two large one acre reflecting pools, the largest man-made waterfalls in North America, are set within the expansive caverns where the two towers once stood. The flow of water is endless, the structure is grey stone, and the message is clear..they will never be forgotten.
The waterfall represents eternity, the names of all the victims lost in the September 11th attacks, as well as the February 26th, 1993 attack on the World Trade Centre and are inscribed in bronze surrounding the two reflecting pools. It provides a place of serenity for family, friends as well as others to visit, reflect and remember, while even some bring flowers to place within the inscribed names themselves.
In the background you will notice the White Dove type structure, named The Oculus, designed by Santiago Calatrava, which is used as a transportation hub, as well as retail space. “The designer of the station, said The Oculus resembles a bird being released from a child’s hand” and in the middle of the wings is an ‘eye’ which is a skylight that opens ‘once a year’ between the exact time of 8:46 a.m. and 10:28 a.m. Marking the time that the twin towers’ attack killed 2753 people. The 355 ft length of the skylight will open during any and all-weather elements for exactly 102 minutes, as people from all over the world, and from all beliefs and religions mourn and remember those lost and affected by the tragedy.
This September 11th will mark 15 years, but I’m sure I’m not alone when I can say that it feels like just yesterday.