The majority of Americans remember where they were and what they were doing when the World Trade Centre was bombed and destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001. It was one of the worst terrorist attacks in history on United States soil. Many innocent lives were lost, including lives of brave police officers, firefighters and fellow citizens who were trying to rescue others in the rubble. On September 12, 2011, New York City opened the Ground Zero Memorial to honour those who lost their lives in that tragedy ten years ago.
From a vantage point in the memorial museum, visitors are able to watch to ongoing construction of a new World Trade Centre facility. Tourists have the option of either a two or three-hour guided tour. Each tour is led by a qualified and experienced person who will guide visitors through the site with pictures of stories of the tragedy and later triumph of 9/11. For admission into the memorial museum, people purchase the three-hour tour.
While on the tour, visitors can see the Winter Garden, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the American Express Eleven Tears Memorial, which is in the American Express building across from ground zero. It is a sculpture of granite that has eleven sides, with each of the eleven employees who perished in the 9/11 disaster. A gigantic crystal is hanging from the second floor over it, while tear-like water droplets cascade over it.
Tourists will hear eyewitness accounts of the recovery effort right after the disaster. There are many pictures and mementos, such as pieces of glass and steel from the destroyed towers. Ground Zero is visible from panoramic windows. A person cannot leave this place without feeling a deep sorrow from the loss of lives; however, it also leaves one with a renewed confidence in the American spirit.
It is recommended to make walking tour reservations in advance, since tickets have a daily limit. Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial is an absolute must for those who are visiting New York. It is a way to remember the death and sacrifice of our fellow Americans and to be encouraged in knowing that we can still come together as a strong and united nation.