I was still at school when the twin towers were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. Even then I can remember how overwhelming the event seemed to be. I can remember asking a friend if she thought this could be what would trigger a third world war, and I can remember my Dad telling me to turn off the TV after nearly a day sitting glued to it – watching and listening as each and every detail unfolded.
That said, I honestly don’t think anything can prepare you for the sobering experience it is to visit the now memorial of the World Trade Centre. The magnitude of not only landscape but also lives that were affected, seems to hit you almost as soon as you happen upon the site.
Bearing in mind that it has been over a decade since the attack, there is still so much work going on. There are signs up all over the place saying that there are some 3000 workers on the site each day, planning and constructing a new centre that has been designed to incorporate not only the memorial waterfalls, but also new towers to replace the old.
To be honest, I think that the memorial itself is one of the most remarkable I have ever seen. I love that the waterfall is reflective of so many aspects of 9/11. It is as if the constant sound of water falling reminds us of each and every life that was lost, the thousand silent tears that have been spilled.