At Ground Zero

The World Trade Center area is taking it’s new shape.
There are plans to open a museum at the site in time for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks (I believe the scheduled opening date is actually September 12). In the meantime, visitors can go to the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, a small gallery maintained by the September 11th Families’ Association. They also offer tours around the site with an emphasis on personal experience (the guides are local residents, police and firefighters, rescue workers, survivors and family members of victims.)
A quiet corner next to the wall of victims names. Someone at the Center has thoughtfully supplied a box of tissues.
These are origami cranes, some of the 10,000 made by Japanese schoolchildren and sent to the Visitors Center with wishes for healing and peace. They have been strung into cords, and hang in the stairway which leads to the lower level of the Center.A view from the pedestrian overpass leading to One World Financial Center. From here one can see how the memorial park is going to look — the small gray building (just north of center in the photo) is the museum. Just to the right of it one can make out two sides of one of the square waterfall fountains, representing the “footprints” of the towers. The rest of the park has been planted with  400 swamp white oak trees, chosen for their variety of color through the changing seasons.
It’s important to have this memorial here, even as the rest of the area is being rebuilt with shiny new skyscrapers. I say this now because, coming in on the 10th anniversary, we are surely about to be subjected to so much 9/11-remembrance that it will be easy to be annoyed and bored with it all. My suggestion is to turn the television off and remember it in your own way.

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