Sarah Lily Tulloch
December 3, 2014
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum Reflection
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum located on Greenwich Street, lower Manhattan, displays and remembers the many lives lost as well as the events on September 11, 2001. This field based learning trip to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum was especially interesting since this historic event happened during my existence. On September 11, 2001, I was five years and in St. Andrew, Jamaica, therefore far away from the terrorist attacks and I luckily lost no one. Before going to the museum, I had seen videos from September 9, 2001 that convey so much astonishment and despair by the people who were standing outside the World Trade Center. However I am certain that experiencing the event at the time must have been even more terrifying than the videos can convey. Some especially interesting displays at the museum are: the Ramp featuring voices of people remembering their experience of 9/11 and the Historical Exhibition which showed 9/11 in three parts: September 11, events leading to 9/11 and the after math of 9/11.
The September 11 Memorial features two large fountains surrounded by the names of many lives lost on September 11 as well as the “survivor tree.” As I looked at the fountains and the 2,983 names, I also observed many people searching for names and remembering their loved ones; some crying, some smiling. In the memorial I also saw a tree full of green leaves amidst the many leafless trees as a result of the winter season. I learned that this tree has a story. It is a callery pear tree that was planted on Church Street at the World Trade Center and it was badly burned on September 11, 2001. It was then dug out of the rubble six weeks later as a stump having one green leaf. The tree was then taken to Can Cortlandt Park in the Bronx by the New York City Parks Department and it was nursed back to health. The healthy tree was then taken back to the 9/11...
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