I bet everyone can remember that day and where they were. I remember waking up that day and seeing my parents had their TV on. I tried to figure out what was going on, but was told to get ready for school. I could tell it was serious because my parents rarely watched the news in the morning, weather yes, news no. I went to school and it was chaotic. A lot of the students weren't there. Every class room had a TV on - the students that were there were one by one checked out by their parents. I remember sitting in my 8th grade math class - that is when they really showed what happened. The Twin Towers had collapsed. I sat there in shock at what I was watching. I had never been to New York, or seen the Twin Towers, but I knew this was serious. By the end of the day I was one of the only students still in school. When I got home I cried so hard! I wanted my parents to explain what was going on, why it had happened, and why almost every parent except mine had checked their child out of school. I can still barely wrap my mind about the occurrences of that day - and I was all the way here in Texas.
My fiance and I spent our 2 year anniversary and Valentines Day in New York City this year. It was a fun, random trip that we decided to take when Southwest did one of their airfare specials. While there we made a point to go to Ground Zero. It was a beautiful, windy day. When we arrived we couldn't believe the magnitude of the area affected. There was construction all around rebuilding the devastation. Below are the photos that were taken while there February 2011.
|To the right is the new building that will be built near the location of where the Twin Towers were. In place of the Twin Towers will be 2 square "reflecting" ponds, with 30 ft waterfalls all around.|
|A picture posted on the construction fence of what the new tower will look like|
|St. Pauls church that housed all the volunteers of 9/11|
|St. Pauls Church - pews were turned into beds, cots were brought in - this is where the volunteers came for a few minutes or hours of sleep - or just to clear their heads.|
|Police Badges sent from around the world|
|Found the Sugarland Badge - a town near my hometown in Houston|
|Henry standing near the altar|
|Crosses made by a welder from scraps of the Twin Towers|
|A letter posted in the church - I hope you can read it - it made me tear up.|
|A mold of the type of leaf belonging to the numerous trees to be planted around where the Twin Towers use to stand|
|Sign in the cemetery outside St. Pauls Church|