911 Memorial Museum Opening

As a first responder I spent the day at the 911 Memorial Museum trying to desperately comfort…console ..and comfort.

Oh, my God.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which opens on May 21, made me cry. It will make you cry, too, even if you lost no loved ones in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A humanely crafted engine of catharsis, it is as beautiful — at times, disturbingly so — as it is horrific.

The museum is as gut-wrenching as the sprawling memorial ground above it is cold and emotionless. And it holds back nothing in its message to every visitor:

Never forget.

This great new institution isn’t about symbols, metaphor or “narrative.” It’s about bearing witness through testimony and artifacts, free of “interpretation.”

And they will break your heart.

New 9/11 museum is as beautiful as it is horrific

Objects and elements unrecognizably damaged by the attacks resemble tragic contemporary sculpture: huge steel structural fragments rendered otherworldly, and a mysterious, gnarled knot of rods and piping.

Their tangible ruin reminds us that no abstract “clash of cultures” reduced the trade center to ashes, but exploding jet fuel and the mad will of terrorists at the controls.

The Survivors Stairs:

(For those who haven’t heard it..Here is..My Sept 11 Story)

I struggle to recall what my beautiful city and what the World Trade Center looked like during happier days. wtcani333

It was part of the New York skyline for 30 years, a sight I took in without a second thought.

How many of you had the chance to feel the elation from the view from the “Top of the World” observatory and the legendary “Windows on the World”?

How many of you dined, shopped or worked in the concourse?

Knowing me like y’all do……You know I shopped there.shoesani11

I looked up at those Towers to orient myself as did thousands of others.
And now they are gone.

My sore and aching memories of working at Ground Zero for months and months – are awakened.

May I present the pre-9/11 skyline.
Some views from the Top of the World Observatory, and perhaps a glimpse or two inside the magnificent World Trade Center.

Before:

After:

Before:

After:

Before:

Before: Carefree New Yorkers:

After:

Before:

After:

“I don’t think we’re in America anymore, Toto.”

I implore upon y’all to watch so you can see with your eyes much of what I have seen with mine……… loving patriotic friends..

GOD BLESS EVERY ONE OF YOU SWEET FRIENDS.

Please come see the Museum if you can…..I hold y’all in my heart……….
AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.

18 Responses to “911 Memorial Museum Opening”

  1. Comedy Plus says:

    I’ll never forget this day as long as I live. I was still working. I was a lieutenant at the Sheriff’s Department. We didn’t know what else might happen. Threat assessment was the work we did for many days.

    I’ll never forget the cockroaches that did this. There are many of those cockroaches living right here in America, waiting for their turn to kill more Americans. All in the name of Allah.

    Thank you for being at Ground Zero. I would have been there too if I were in NYC. Yes I would have.

    I love you Angel. Keep up the great work. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

  2. babygirl_lonz says:

    G-d bless all the work you have done and continue to do in the future. You are an inspiration to us all.

  3. slamdunk says:

    Powerful message Angel. Thanks for helping us not to forget all the sacrifices that have been made for us. Thanks for what you are doing and what you did back then.

  4. Perri Nelson says:

    Thanks Angel,

    This is a far more balanced response to the museum opening that any other I’ve read from either the left or the right.

  5. Carol-Christian Soldier says:

    Thank you for your view of the museum and for what you bravely did on that day-September 11, 2001!!
    Hugs- to you and yours–
    C-CS

  6. Always On Watch says:

    Thank you, Angel, for publishing this post. I know that doing so was emotionally wrenching for you — as seeing these images should be emotionally wrenching for every American who loves our nation.

  7. Ron says:

    The day that stunned the world……Things will never be the same….

  8. cube says:

    I thought of you (any many others) while I watched the memorial services. I can’t believe it’s been that long. God help us, especially those that went through that horrific trauma.

  9. Bunkerville says:

    Thanks for a wonderful tribute.

  10. Ed Bonderenka says:

    Angel.
    That was perfect.
    Well done.
    Thank you.

  11. z says:

    Comedy Plus, above, said “We didn’t know what else would happen.” That is one of the most profound sentences of that day and it’s something most people don’t think about. We watched TV and thought how awful it was; so many WERE THERE and wondering if they’d be NEXT. I suppose all of us in big cities felt that way ..”are they going to hit HERE tomorrow?”
    I was living in Paris….nobody would understand how amazing the French were to me and other Americans after that happened. It’s part of the reason I’m so tired of Americans slamming the French.
    I didn’t have ‘elation’ at dining at Windows on the World!!…I thought I was going to throw up it was SO HIGH :-) I kind of pretended that view was wallpaper and not THE REAL THING, THAT HIGH UP.
    But the Gen. Mgr did have a drink with us (my cousin worked for a NY Magazine) and I told him I thought the artwork was inappropriate in the cocktail area…a large white canvas with what seemed like a burning ball of paint on it. He said they were going to take it down because a lot had voiced their feelings of not wanting to think of fire when you’re that far up. Ironic, isn’t it? I’ve always wondered if Mr. Aigner died in the collapse. That was back in 1979.
    Angel, your post is astonishing, upsetting, beautiful, sensitive, horrifying, and so poignant. Excellent job. Love, Z

  12. KarLLLMMMMM says:

    As always ,we can depend on you Angel to bring the stories of the Heart to the heart..

    Thank you so much for representing us all at the Memorial , and reminding us constantly that the enemies of the US of A are walking in our midst..

    Never Forget!!!! Never Again!!!!

  13. cube says:

    I still have trouble watching these images. I guess that won’t ever change.

  14. Jerry (DaBlade) says:

    A somber and fitting tribute for those who will never forget. You blog a story like an artist with well-placed brush strokes.

  15. Angel says:

    Thank you all..Y’all mean the world to me. :-)

  16. Woodsterman says:

    Thanks for the report girl. I’ll never get back there to see it.

  17. Bob says:

    Great article and pictures, Angel. It still gives me chills when I look at those pictures.

  18. Ron says:

    I was standing in the office at work mouth agape at the TV….