I made it home from my trip to France without too many difficulties. Luckily I still had my passport, prepaid airline tickets and hotel rooms. If you’re wondering why, see my last post on Paris and a Lesson Learned.
Anyway, I’m going through my photos from this adventure, and I decided to post some about every part of this trip (this is what happens when there are over 3,000 photos to sort through).
On arriving in New York City, it was decided to store our luggage so we wouldn’t have to drag it around the city all day. After negotiating the subway system (and seeing a string trio playing beautiful music at a station, another station had a rap performer), we made our way to the World Trade Center Memorial.
I know I briefly touched on this in a previous post, but I wanted to give this some more time because it is a significant place of honor in our country. Standing at the memorial was humbling and moving experience and a privilege to witness what these people went through on that fateful day. It must have been a harrowing experience for them knowing they might not survive the day, and many did not. To the families of those who perished and to the survivors, you have my deepest respect and sympathy.
The second image shows a special tribute to some firefighters that gave up their lives to save others. Thank you for your service, you will never be forgotten!
Not far away is the World Trade Center 1, aka, The Freedom Tower.
The other buildings surrounding the Freedom Tower are also part of the World Trade Center. It’s quite a complex.
Nearby is St. Paul’s Chapel, where George Washington dedicated America on 30 April, 1789. This church survived the attacks on 9/11/2001 when many buildings were damaged or destroyed by the falling towers nearby.
I found it interesting that the World Trade Center complex was built on land that once belonged to St. Paul’s parish.
On a plaque in the chapel above George Washington’s pew, it reads “Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that you will keep the United States in Holy protection.” source
Standing here in the shadows of these buildings made me realize that it’s important to remember George Washington’s plea to keep our hearts and minds in tune with Almighty God and to serve those around us with love and peace.