Kelly the Culinarian: We Will Never Forget

Sunday, March 18, 2012

We Will Never Forget

I've been in New York since Wednesday, and since then, I've hung out with some blogging buddies and ran Central Park, but that's not all!  I went to the American Museum of Natural History and hung out with some dinosaurs.

Don't you think Napoleon would have loved to play with these now extinct miniature camels? 

In addition, I visited the 9/11 Memorial, which is still under construction. It currently features two gigantic fountains in the footprints of where the towers once stood. The fountains are framed with the names of all of those who perished in both the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the buildings. Water cascades 32 feet from down into the foundation of the fountain, symbolizing the fall of the building. It's the largest such waterfall in the United States. The water disappears into a void in the middle of the fountain, indicative of the void we all feel in a post 9/11-world.

I remember 9/11 like it was yesterday and being at the site was an experience for me. There isn't a ton to see right now other than the fountains, but it was moving to be in the same location where events transpired that change the course of history. It is most certainly the defining moment of my generation. The events at Ground Zero changed every facet of American life and international dialogue.

I'll be heading back tonight and will put together more of a recap when I return and can retrieve more photos from another camera. I also went to the St. Patrick's Day Parade, spent a day at the United Nations, went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and visited the Statue of Liberty, so check back for a full report!


Erin said...

The 9/11 Memorial is quite moving, isn't it? I'm glad I went.

Kim said...

I think the Memorial is great now so it will be even neater when they have the museum open! Very hard to see though. I have some pretty cool photos of the memorial from above - not sure if I should post them though!