The Hubs was raised in NYC and I lived there for several years. We moved away in October 2002 and I had not been back since October 2007.
A lot has changed in the city since then. One of the biggest changes is the 9/11 Memorial.
I really wanted to see the Memorial. The Memorial is free, but you must reserve passes in advance so that they can control the crowd of people. I am a terrible planner and I was afraid that if I left it to the last minute I wouldn't be able to get tickets.
Through the magic of Facebook I had discovered that my childhood classmate is now the CEO of the Memorial and a former boss is on the Board of Directors. I started with Facebook to see what I could find out about getting tickets. I reached out to Joe Daniels and reminded him that I was a girl he knew back in the 80s and I'd love some inside info on how to get tickets to the Memorial. He was so helpful and gracious. I thought he would tell me where to go to reserve tickets and be done with me. Instead, he offered the Hubs and I a private tour of the Memorial. This was far more than I expected or hoped for.
We were given a date and time to arrive for our tour. A couple hours before our tour we were told that Joe had been called to an important meeting and couldn't attend our tour, but his colleague would be happy to show us around and answer our questions.
|A reflecting pool with some of the names visible.|
Another special part of the Memorial was seeing the "Survivor Tree." This is a pear tree that was discovered under the rubble. It was sent to a Bronx nursery where it wasn't expected to survive. They nursed it back to health and then transferred it to the Memorial's plaza. It has grown to over 30 feet tall and it is a symbol of hope and rebirth.
|"The Survivor Tree"|
I know the Museum has thousands of artifacts and they plan to have a permanent collection, but I hope that in the future, they choose to take some of their extra artifacts on the road to other cities. Not everyone can get to Manhattan, but we all feel connected to the World Trade Center and to that day. I know that many people (especially school children) would benefit greatly from a traveling exhibit.
So now I'll ask you: Where were you? (Here's where I was.)