September 12, 2011

Two Inspiring 9-11 Memorial Sites

On a recent trip to New York City, I visited
the temporary 9-11 museum and a church
across the street from it.  They were both in the
"Ground Zero" area.  I had not planned on going
to either of these places but it turned out to be
one of the highlights of my trip.

The 9-11 museum is easy to miss 'cause for right now
(until the premanent museum is built) it is located
along a street in what seems to be an empty store
location.  The displays are not super fancy but
they are very well done and tell a story of
tragedy and hope.
Large posters tell the 9-11 story.  This poster shows what the
World Trade Center buildings looked like on the New York Skyline.

Along the top of the wall is a time line of events.

This is just a sample of  some memoralbia there.
One of the first responder's fireman helmet.

A replica of the Statue of Liberty covered in fireman and policeman
badges sent in from all over the world in the days after the tragedy.

About half of the museum shows what is currently
being built
 at Ground Zero and more plans for the future.

You can watch time-lapse footage of the new
buildings going up on a large screen.  

The permanent 9/11 museum will be near the
two large pools (which represent the World Trade
Center Towers) at the Memorial site.
Across the street and in the midst of the new construction and
skyscrapers is a beautiful old church and graveyard.

The church is directly across the street from Ground Zero and
served as a haven of rest for rescue workers.
The juxaposition of the very old and the very new right in the middle of NYC

One of the cots that rescuers rested on between shifts in the days, weeks, months after 9/11.

oops. This is not in focus but maybe you can read it. 

The church is still used for services in the center of the building but has
 9/11 displays and memorialbia around the perimeter of the church.

This form is covered with badges from around the world similar to the
Statue of Liberty form over at the 9-11 museum.

The church has quite a history.  George Washington
came to pray here after his inauguration. He attended
church here until the capital was moved from New York
City to Washington, DC.  This is his pew.

This bell is outside of the church.  It is called "The Hope Bell".
It was sent from England by the same company that
manufactured the Liberty Bell on the first anniversary
of 9/11.  It is rung once a year on the anniversary.
The bell and the reconstruction of buildings at
Ground Zero embody the triumph of hope over tragedy.

This post is from last year but I just wanted to share it again...hope you don't mind.
Cowgirl Up @ Cedar Hill Ranch and others


  1. Hi Kitty,
    It took me a long time to visit the site. Even standing there it was hard to comprehend. The little church made me so sad. I'd like to see the new memorial, but will probably wait until later in the Fall. I don't think I can visit it now. Will you be visiting the new memorial? It looks beautiful.

  2. This was a wonderfully comprehensive post. I'm thankful for having read it because I would not be able to visit the site in person.

  3. A wonderful tour. We were last in New Your last October and it is a wonderful museum.

  4. Kitty,
    Thanks so much for the tour...I hope to see one day. GREAT POST!!!


  5. This is such an interesting museum and post. Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday!

  6. What a great posting. I have not been to ground zero, but will go someday. I think seeing this really brings things into perspective. Thank you for sharing this.

  7. That must have been so hard to visit...but so important to make sure we remember too. Thank you so much for sharing such a heartfelt post.

    You do have a lovely blog. I've signed up to follow you!



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