Here’s another Blog from a Mississauga Chiropractor…
On Sunday July 1, 2012, Maria and I visited the 9/11 Memorial site at the new World Trade Center in New York City. The National September 11 Memorial honours the 2,983 men, women, and children who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.
It commemorates the lives lost, recognizes the thousands who survived, and allows visitors to come together again in the spirit of unity that emerged in the wake of 9/11.
While construction continues on the surrounding World Trade Center projects, the Memorial operates in an interim condition. To ensure the safety of all the visitors and the security of the site, passes and screening are required. When the World Trade Centeris fully rebuilt, there will be open access to the Memorial from all sides.
The original World Trade Center (WTC) was a 16 acre commercial complex build between 1966 and 1987. It contained seven buildings, a large plaza, and an underground shopping mall. OnFebruary 26, 1993, Islamist terrorists detonated explosives in the garage underneath the WTC, killing six people and injuring thousands. On 9/11, the entire complex was destroyed.
The centerpieces of the complex were the Twin Towers. Over 1,360 feet tall, they were the tallest buildings in New York City. Both had 110 floors and together they provided nearly 10 million square feet of office space for approximately 35,000 people and 430 companies, attracting tens of thousands of commuters and tourists daily. The complex even had its own zip code: 10048.
The fully redeveloped WTC will include the Memorial and Museum, commercial office space, retail, and connections to public transit. The master plan for the site, created by Daniel Libeskind, calls for a spiral of new towers around the eight-acre Memorial. For the first few years that the Memorial is open, visitors can witness the rebuilding taking place around them, including the construction of 1 World Trade Center just beyond the North Pool, which at 1,776 feet, will be the tallest building in the United States.
Just east of the South Pool, 4 World Trad eCenter will rise 72 floors and stand 977 feet tall. To the northeast of the Museum Pavilion will be the new WTC transit hub designed by Santiago Calatrava
When we got to the WTC, there were many people lining up to enter the memorial. We were given free tickets to enter the line, and started to head to the security check. Similar to an airport baggage check, we had to remove our shoes and empty out our pockets while our bags were scanned. Then we were allowed to continue to the site. Memorial site was beautiful.
There were lots of trees in the main quad area and to the north and south sides were 2 square water falls, called the “North Pool” and “South Pool”. These waterfalls were situated in the exact spots where theTwinTowersonce stood. On the perimeter of the water fall etched in marble were the names of all the victims from the terrorist attacks, so people were able to pay their respects there.
We also saw the “Survivor Tree”. This Callery pear tree was planted on the original World Trade Center plaza in the 1970s, and stood at the eastern edge of the site near Church Street. After 9/11, workers found the damaged tree, reduced to an eight-foot-tall stump, in the wreckage at Ground Zero. The tree was nursed back to health in aNew York City park and grew to be 30 feet tall, sprouting new branches and flowering in the spring time.
In March 2010, the tree was uprooted by severe storms, but true to its name, it survived. In December 2010, the tree returned to the WTC site. Standing just west of the south pool, it embodies the story of survival and resilience that is so important to the history of 9/11. Today, the tree is supported by temporary guide wires as it takes root.
Definitely visit the 9/11 memorial when you are in New York City, to pay your respects to the many victims who lost their lives that day. Just another day in the life of a Mississauga Chiropractor…
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