We viewed the outdoor Memorial first, 2 massive fountains, mark the exact spot both towers stood. The names of those killed are engraved around the two fountains. These pictures are powerful and speak for themselves.
After viewing the outdoor memorial, we entered the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The Museum is constructed completely underground, under the foundations of the original twin towers. The fountains are directly above or beside the underground portion.
Out of respect for the Victims, Photographs are not permitted in the underground Memorial portion. (only in the underground Museum portion) Directly below the fountain, there is a room which randomly displays the picture and name of one victim at a time. Family were able to record a message to be played. This was a very sad experience. The faces of each victim were displayed on the wall. It was tragic.
During the cleanup work following the collapse, this post turned into a memorial of sorts. Members of the FDNY were located deceased nearby and someone painted on this bean their unit number. That spurred others to also paint memorials here. This was the last beam removed from the site.
Because of Lower Manhattans close proximity to the Hudson River, Engineers were concerned of water seeping into the massive foundation during construction in the 1960’s. This slurry wall was constructed to make the foundation water tight. After the attacks, Engineers were concerned these walls would buckle, flooding the area. These walls survived and did not allow any water in, this photo above is of an original section of this wall, still in use.
Right across the street from the World Trade Museum is FDNY “House 10” Firehall. These would have been the fire Firefighters on scene. Sadly the entire hall seems to have perished, by the large memorial plaque on the building.
No day shall erase you from the memory of time – Virgil