9/11 Memorial

For many, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre were an essential part of the New York skyline.

That emptiness is now commemorated in the 9/11 Memorial that opened recently at Ground Zero.

The actual footprints of the towers themselves have been turned into reflecting pools featuring the largest man-made waterfalls in North America.

In the centre of each pool, there is what seems to be a dark bottomless pit:

Those deep holes made me strangely emotional.

Perhaps because they seem to signify the emptiness and futility of lives lost, of love wasted and of senseless hatred.

Near the pools, you can see the new Freedom Tower rising up into the sky.

My hope is that the new memorial will celebrate hope and light.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

— Martin Luther King

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81 responses

  1. Pat

    Very moving images and words.


    March 5, 2012 at 16:04

  2. Beautiful words… and images.
    I have seen the Twin Towers twice and each visit was very special to me. The last one was made with my sister in 96, I believe I posted a picture on FB of me and my sister from that trip, but taken on top of the Empire State building. We bot recall the foggy, misty weather on top of that tower, only to have full sunshine and wind still a few hours later when atop of one of the Twin Towers. We lingered there for a long time…


    March 5, 2012 at 16:22

  3. I too have fond memories of visit to the Twin towers


    March 5, 2012 at 16:39

  4. most def on the hope and light int he new tower….those pits are def stirring as well…love that pic of the rose…pausing


    March 5, 2012 at 16:41

  5. From the ashes…..it’s a moving tribute to all those who lost their lives. Your photos portray the emotions that people must feel when they visit.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams


    March 5, 2012 at 16:45

  6. A beautiful post …moving. I have never been there…before or after. It does hold a part inside of me though. Thanks for sharing your pictures and thoughts.


    March 5, 2012 at 16:46

  7. Thanks for sharing an amazing work of architecture…


    March 5, 2012 at 17:24

  8. i felt the emotion in your post. thank you.


    March 5, 2012 at 17:34

  9. The first two pictures capture the spirit of the place.


    March 5, 2012 at 17:36

  10. Very beautiful photos and nice written words…


    March 5, 2012 at 17:48

  11. Really touching pictures.


    March 5, 2012 at 17:58

  12. Moving. Powerful. Heartbreaking.

    Superb Quote.

    thank you. xx


    March 5, 2012 at 18:19

  13. Beautiful shots and meaningful words.


    March 5, 2012 at 18:21

  14. I am sure it was an emotional visit, just looking at the photo was moving.


    March 5, 2012 at 18:27

  15. Such a beautiful and moving post! That day is etched in my memory. Your captures and words are superb. Thank you! May we never forget! And may we never cease to make the effort to replace hate with love.



    March 5, 2012 at 18:49

  16. Beautiful shots, loved the second. Whenever I plan to go something or the other happens. Hope to visit it soon…


    March 5, 2012 at 19:02

  17. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.. I want to get to NYC one of these days to see the 9/11 memorial.. I could cry just seeing your pictures and reading the words. It was such a senseless loss of so many lives. That last quote by Martin Luther King is incredible… We need to keep the LIGHT shining all around us, and we need to keep sharing the LOVE always…

    Don’t we wish that all love was as wonderful as Oscar’s love for you is!!!!


    March 5, 2012 at 19:03

  18. How appropriate to include the Martin Luther King quote here!


    March 5, 2012 at 19:19

  19. Beautiful shots Lady Fy!
    I can feel the emotions… thanks for sharing it with us.
    Greetings from Holland,


    March 5, 2012 at 19:59

  20. I hope to visit sometime in the near future. I do love NYC!


    March 5, 2012 at 19:59

  21. ds

    Beautiful photos of such a somber place (have not been in person yet). Overwhelming. Hope the tower does offer peace and freedom. Sometimes I can still see the smoke…


    March 5, 2012 at 20:07

  22. Really lovely set of images.


    March 5, 2012 at 20:21

  23. We all need to work more at understanding one another, and your thoughtful words will contribute to that!


    March 5, 2012 at 20:28

  24. Your first two photos are both very moving, each in it’s own way. They are some of the best pictures from the memorial that I’ve seen. I also like your photo of Freedom Tower.


    March 5, 2012 at 20:36

  25. I love these beautiful photos, very emotional.


    March 5, 2012 at 20:40

  26. Bob

    Very beautiful posts and photos.


    March 5, 2012 at 21:27

  27. imac

    1st class post, which will touch every heart throughout the World my friend.


    March 5, 2012 at 22:08

  28. The memorial is on my bucket list.

    I visit the Oklahoma City Memorial commerating the lives lost during the Murrah bombing and I just can’t fathom why. The 9/11 losses were more than 20 times more, and just as bewildering.


    March 5, 2012 at 22:33

  29. Great photos, and very moving…


    March 5, 2012 at 22:57

  30. Lovely shots of the 9/11 memorial. I have only seen it on TV and now your photos. Neat shot of the new tower. It will be a day I will never forget. Thanks for sharing your visit. Have a lovely week!


    March 5, 2012 at 23:07

  31. sandy

    I gasped when I saw the rose shot. This is a wonderful series of photos, Fiona.


    March 5, 2012 at 23:31

  32. That’s true. Only love can bright us. The memorial place is very touching.


    March 6, 2012 at 00:00

  33. lovely memorial and great sentiments.


    March 6, 2012 at 00:32

  34. I want to see this for myself but your photos are amazing. I think they did a wonderful job with the memorial. It seems very appropriate and moving.


    March 6, 2012 at 00:50

  35. I can’t wait to visit and experience this firsthand. I’m sure you can’t even begin to fathom the greatness of where the buildings once stood, or the massive destruction and pain left in their the shadow of their memory until you visit. Thanks for sharing.


    March 6, 2012 at 02:05

  36. May be I too will be able to visit someday. Great pictures.


    March 6, 2012 at 04:13

  37. I have good memories of visiting these towers way back in 1998.


    March 6, 2012 at 05:48

  38. I haven’t been tom NY in 30 years. What prompted that trip from Sweden. Sorry but I haven’t been a good follower of your news lately.


    March 6, 2012 at 06:06

    • It was a birthday/Christmas present. We stayed with lovely new friends!


      March 6, 2012 at 08:10

  39. I have so many emotions about this memorial I don’t think I can even begin to comment. Your pictures were lovely!


    March 6, 2012 at 06:19

  40. Your America photos look great Fi. Thanks for sharing your visit – Dave


    March 6, 2012 at 07:55

  41. Your photos make me emotional. Hopefully will be able to visit again.

    I used to work near the WTC in the late 80’s.


    March 6, 2012 at 07:59

  42. A message full of emotion! I never went there but i’ll do it one day.


    March 6, 2012 at 09:34

  43. Thank you.


    March 6, 2012 at 09:53

  44. those first two images, amazing….i had no idea they’d done this at Twin Towers….beautiful….you’re beyond amazing in the professional category 🙂


    March 6, 2012 at 09:59

    • Blush. Thank you. But I’m very much an amateur … just one with a passion! 😉


      March 6, 2012 at 10:00

  45. Wow. I haven’t been there yet and it was really moving for me to see these pictures. Thank you.


    March 6, 2012 at 10:20

  46. A beautiful monument to a monstrous act.


    March 6, 2012 at 10:21

  47. Un bel hommage, j’aime beaucoup la deuxieme photo

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    March 6, 2012 at 11:51

  48. JM

    Great post! The shot in the middle is my favourite.


    March 6, 2012 at 13:40

  49. A very moving post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.


    March 6, 2012 at 13:55

  50. Lady Fi,

    Thank you so much for these stunning pictures. As you know, I lived in New York from the mid 70’s till the mid 80’s before I relocated to the greater Washington D.C. area, chasing a career opportunity. More than ten years past that dreadful day, and I still can become emotional about it – having lost a friend that day. I’ve blogged about a few times now, and have some pictures we took while we lived there.

    New York State of Mind

    Once again, thank you for gracing us with your gift of capturing emotion with your pictures. After all is said and done, I find the Waterfall collapsing into the void to be a most moving and a fitting memorial tribute.


    March 6, 2012 at 14:05

  51. Vackra och stämningsfulla bilder…som verkligen berör mig.


    March 6, 2012 at 14:43

  52. Beautiful, moving post!
    Thanks for sharing.


    March 6, 2012 at 15:15

  53. I have not been there..too many people..but I have enjoyed your photos here and on FB ..getting to see it through your eyes has been a joy:)


    March 6, 2012 at 16:57

  54. 4U2

    As a Swedish I will always remember that day, the day when one of the most horrendous happened. It was a few days before my mother died of cancer and I was with her. She cried out loud to me because this was when she saw the news. She saw it in real time, she got me see it in real time when she called me.
    So pointless. We hope that the victims can come forward with their lives.This monument is beautiful.


    March 6, 2012 at 17:47

  55. Beautiful photos and words.


    March 6, 2012 at 19:35

  56. My husband is a native New Yorker…it is hauntingly beautiful


    March 6, 2012 at 21:34

  57. Those images and the history will always resonate strongly for me, too. My son knew then that he would most assuredly be called up for war. And he was, a bit later.


    March 6, 2012 at 23:07

  58. Al

    That looks like a powerful memorial, the last time I was at ground zero it didn’t exist. I was on top of the Towers in late July of 2001 with my family.


    March 7, 2012 at 02:01

  59. I’ve read so much about this memorial but your post has helped me to see what it is like more than anything I’ve seen. The MLK quote is perfect.


    March 7, 2012 at 02:22

  60. To see the actual site must be sobering effect on visitors. These simple shots convey the deep feeling. However, you never forget to remind us there’s always hope and love that inspire us.


    March 7, 2012 at 02:43

  61. We lost a young friend on 9/11 – I’ve never been to the Memorial, but your photos make me feel emotional, too.


    March 7, 2012 at 03:49

  62. The emotions this place is filled with can be felt through your photographs. Such a tragedy…


    March 7, 2012 at 05:15

  63. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the pictures.


    March 7, 2012 at 10:32

  64. Ash

    Touching photos!


    March 7, 2012 at 11:40

  65. Glad you’re back!


    March 7, 2012 at 13:47

  66. Sarah

    This is touching memorial. The last time I visit at ground zero it was not there. Your words soak my mind.


    March 7, 2012 at 15:31

  67. 9/11 still brings tears to my eyes.
    Big sigh.
    xo jj


    March 7, 2012 at 18:56

  68. I can never forget about it as it is my daughters birthday. We were preparing a party when it happened. We all lost it. 😦


    March 7, 2012 at 19:01

  69. I’ll never, ever, forget. The quotes that you posted are perfect. Thank you.


    March 7, 2012 at 22:06

  70. The memorial will be my first stop WHEN I finally make it to NYC – I think they did an amazing job. The photos themselves move me. I can only imagine how it feels to stand there. Thanks for sharing these!


    March 7, 2012 at 22:07

  71. · It’s true. The loss of life is a failure of civilization. We never learn enough about history.
    Great photos

    · saludos

    CR & LMA


    March 7, 2012 at 22:24

  72. These are wonderful shots…very thought provoking…I can only imagine what it was like in person…


    March 8, 2012 at 07:31

  73. Lovely quote from Martin Luther King! Perhaps right for the moment driving away hatred. The photos expresses the depth of the sorrow… Hope peace always hold there. Brilliant capture!


    March 8, 2012 at 14:25

  74. Thank you for posting these. Such an emotional place. I’m glad to see the treatment of the site. Very respectful. Very mournful.
    Greetings from Cottage Country!


    March 9, 2012 at 02:21

  75. Moving words and photos.


    March 9, 2012 at 04:39

  76. Very touching and poignant post…


    March 12, 2012 at 01:47

  77. Wonderful post. I visited Ground Zero in 2003 and found it profoundly moving.


    March 12, 2012 at 05:55

  78. Di

    It’s such a simple design that says so much emotionally. I’ve never been but hope to one day. Thanks for these wonderfully moving pictures.


    March 12, 2012 at 20:45

  79. I think this is the first time I have seen photos of the memorial–hauntingly beautiful.


    March 22, 2012 at 03:13

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