On April 22nd, as part of a break from school at the end of the term, I took in the 911 Memorial Museum in New York. Not the most uplifting story to hear on a vacation, but a place I have been meaning to visit for years. I felt the museum to be very tasteful and a very important learning piece for those to learn what exactly happened that day (but ill argue understanding is different word to use here and a word I do not think we ever will be able to associate to that day). I feel it so important that people do be aware, today’s students that i teach, were far to young to know a world pre 911, they grew up in a different world. And from that the observations that you can learn visiting are just so much more important. The museum allows you to see quite a bit in terms of artifacts (fire trucks, and even the original foundations of the the tower). But it does educate what happened.
It was very heart breaking to read and hear the stories, and for someone like myself it feels like yesterday when it happened. There were three very interesting conversations i overheard at the memorial. One was a grandparent telling her niece the story of flight 93, how she articulated the heroism was touching, another were two youths (must have been less than 18) debating conspiracy. One clearly articulating the maths and physics of progressive collapse and material behaviour behind the collapse and the associated fires
to one arguing conspiracy. The exchange is all too frequent, But rest assured, the concerns in high rises and fire are something we study for all buildings. The museum mainly deals with honoring those who lost their lives that day. The final story was a man about my age telling his four year old son what happened and the questions it generated by the youth in response..again that whole question of understanding…..I guess studying behaviour now makes me more aware of what people are doing and saying around me.
Above the museum is urban redevelopment, the architecture of the new world trade is amazing. Rather then go up the building to the observation, just stand below it and look up, the way the building twists its floors makes a triangle when viewed this way which points to the sky is amazing to see. Overall. I highly feel it essential that those who were too young to go through those days, see the museum. And those who wish to remember can do the same. You grow a lot of respect for the city of New York for the heroism shown that day. No matter how strong you think you are though, your eyes will water at some point when visiting, so make sure to bring a tissue or three.