10 years later, what was once the most chaotic and debris filled section of all of NYC is now the home of a beautiful memorial. A place where those innocent lives that we lost from our American Family, can be honored and visited to remember. I had not had any intention of ever visiting "Ground Zero" in the previous years because I knew what it would entail and I was not quite sure I was ready to "remember" all that had happened. However, now that something so monumental and beautiful has been resurrected, I am sure that now, was just the perfect time to go. As the rebuilding continues of the new towers, seeing the progress that each building has made brings a smile to my face, after all we are progressing as opposed to regressing, and that is always something wonderful.
I was lucky enough to be invited on the First Responders day by a fellow First Responder himself. I made this journey with my boyfriend and his family, and it was for sure one that I will never forget. I highly recommend visiting if you are ever in the area, it is something that every American (and those who aren't as well) should do even just once. Below are some pictures of my adventure:
|We are making progress! That is only HALF way done! What a beauty :)|
|My boyfriend's sister pointed out the rainbow that had formed just as we were about to leave. Do you see it in the corner, it gave me happy peaceful chills. That must be what happens when there is so much love in one place <3|
|This tree is the ONLY tree that survived the tragedy. You can see that one half of the tree was seared and disturbed, where as the other half managed to rebuild beautifully--definitely amazing!|
|The Fire House only a block or so from the WTC. I was told these were the first ones on the site and were all killed :( What a beautiful bronze piece of art.|
|Proud to be standing there after all these years. God Bless America <3|