In memory.

The new Freedom Tower.
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I wrote about remembrance. On that day, I thought about what was most important to teach my second graders about the events of the morning of 9/11. And what it came down to for me was remembering the people. I wanted them to understand how our community came together to help each other in a time of need, and how many sacrificed their own lives in their efforts to save others.

The 9/11 Memorial does a beautiful job remembering the people from that day. We visited the memorial for the first time on Friday night, and I truly appreciated our time there. Names are wrapped around two beautiful fountains and pools, which constantly fill the air with a very calm and soothing sound. Rather than listing people alphabetically, the memorial honors those lost by grouping the names of family, friends, and colleagues together.
The Survivor Tree stands between the two pools. The pear tree was planted on the site decades ago, and was unearthed amid the destruction of the attacks. After being nursed back to health, it was returned to the site where it now stands.
I am grateful that the people from that day will always be remembered so beautifully at the 9/11 Memorial. And I am so grateful to be a part of the New York City community. I heart New York.


  1. wow , they did a great job! Looks so beautiful, thanks for sharing

  2. This is so beautiful! I'm so glad you've had the opportunity to visit the memorial. I really hope I'm able to go one day. It looks so beautiful, powerful, and surreal.

  3. Great post Daina, I think it's a must for any person to see the finished memorial. It's astounding how much 9/11 affected so many people all around the world. I was there 1 year after the event and of course we wanted to go to ground zero - just to be there to soak it in to try to get some sort of an idea of just what New York went through - unfortunately we were not welcomed by New Yorkers (maybe the pain was still too raw?) and were chided by more than 1 person... so we left feeling almost like we had no right to be there - it's a very difficult memory still to this day.

  4. New York always takes my breath away! I love the beautiful city...


  5. I was just there on Saturday! Had a hard time and tried not to cry about 3 times. Very powerful place. Can not wait until it's all done :)

  6. Oh How I miss NY. Its such a beautiful and energetic city! SUch a beautiful post!



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