Visited Ground Zero Yesterday

  1. While in New York State (Camp Nursing in Elizaville) I took the train into the city. I was able to visit Ground Zero. It was erie and had lots of visitors. There where people singing, Firemen selling T-Shirts and posing for pictures. There were thousands of notes, plaques, and memorabilia.

    For me, I had to go and see for myself. I think it will help with my own healing of the tragedy.

    I used to work downtown NY; it seems like a lifetime ago.

    B.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I got chills reading that Barbara.

    I hope seeing it does give you some closure and help you to heal. I've never even been to New York, let alone seen or been inside the towers. What a loss this is for everyone that has.

    Heather
  4. by   Furball
    Hi Nightngale...wow there are STILL lots of visitors? I'm so glad that's so! My son and I went last Fall...it was heartbreaking, but at the same time heart warming. I'll never forget all the people...the cop crying on the corner, the pretty middle aged lady handing out jugs of Vermont maple syrup to the firefighters, the huge crowd as quiet as a chapel, everyone either praying, crying, scowling or mouth hanging open in shock....it's a scene I won't ever forget.......glad you went.
  5. by   nightingale
    Yes, it will help with my closure. There was a steady stream of people. By New York standards it was not a huge crowd but a steady flow of visitors.

    I took some pictures. I can not sow them yet till I get home to Wyoming in 11 days.

    B. (as in Bonnie) :-)
  6. by   CATHYW
    Well, Nightingale, I cannot imagine what your visit must have been like. I have never experienced anything of that sort, and except for watching everything of 9/11 over and over on TV and the Internet, have no real frame of reference.

    It kind of just made some buildings and lot of people be as though they had never existed, yet we know they did. Their poor families-that is what I think about. I hope that very many people had no idea what was about to befall them. Obviously, some people jumped-there were that many that knew what was coming. It is still just a horror to me, to think about it. I cannot imagine being there.
  7. by   nightingale
    It was sad. There were many displays of concerned Americans and many nations. I had to stop reading the letters because it was too sad and I did not want to cry anymore. The fence around the church in the area had hundreds of signs, written shirts, and sowers of caring notes, letters flowers (too many items to remember). There were still stories enclosed in ziplock bags and many pictures.

    It was good for me to go. I used to work there so I always felt a little attached (and unsettled) with all the memories I had when I was younger. I had to see it for myself.

    One image I have are of tow firemen (from Station 10) posing on their fire truck for pictures (what babes). That image helps to make it a lighter more pleasant memory.

    B.
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by nightngale1998
    B. (as in Bonnie) :-)
    My apologies. I must have been think of Yeti?

    Heather
  9. by   nightingale
    No Harm done or offense taken OB... :-)

    B.
  10. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    I must have been think of Yeti?
    I also must have been having a lapse in gramatical abilities!

    Heather
  11. by   researchrabbit
    Remember the first anniversary is difficult (at least that seems to be the lesson we learned here in OK). If September 11 hit you hard, take the day off, don't listen to the radio or TV and do something meaningful.

    Prior to the first anniversary of the Murrah building, I had moved to Kansas. We had a fire drill a week before, and when it went off (even though I knew it was coming), I instinctively dived for the floor (funny, the kids in my class all thought it had been "a long time ago" and couldn't believe it was only a year). That was when I decided to take the day off work and plant flowers.
  12. by   nightingale
    Thanks researchrabbit, I may just do that.

    B.
  13. by   aj1973
    I'm from adelaide, australia, a long. LONG way from New York City! I'm heading there in February though, and going to ground zero is going to be such a strange experience for me, having watched the events from afar, but having a friend who lives in NYC, and hearing her feelings on it all.
    I think I will go and do this on my own when I'm there, just take my time and take it all in. I know that it will affect me, even being so far removed from the events of 9/11. I think I'll take some flowers and maybe a little australian flag.
    The first anniversary is going to be a sad day, unfortunately my dad's 60th birthday is also on that day (no one will ever forget his birthday will they)
    Nightingale, I'd love to see your pics when you get them developed

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