You all remember where you were and what you did on that day .
The three of you were in the living room of your house watching television .
Suddenly an image came on the screen .
One plane , then another was crashing into the World Trade Center .
The three of you thought that you were watching a movie , a really frightening one at that .
This really wasn’t happening right ?
You remember your own mother screaming and crying in Russian , something that she never did unless she was speaking to your grandmother or yelling at your father .
This time she was hysterical .
The three of you couldn’t understand what was going on .
But then when your grandmother , who spoke very little English , came in and began screaming
, ” Towers fall down . Planes crash into World Trade Center . Nyet Nyet . ”
The three of you just KNEW that this was no movie .
The three of you for your 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City are going to see the place where those two towers once stood .
You’re going to see the National September 11th Memorial .
You all didn’t want to go to the museum and tribute center , though .
One of you knew someone who was on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania .
The National September 11th Memorial not only honors the the victims on the three planes , but the First Responders who died on that day , as well as the people who died in the first World Trade Center bombing in February of 1993 .
You really don’t want to see this , but your cousins convince you that this is something that the three of you must see because this isn’t just New York’s history , but the history of the United States as well .
It’s a place that every visitor to New York City should see , whether they’re doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour or not .
You all get off at the Fulton Center train station and take the walk to the new World Trade Center .
Where there was once two towers , now there’s only one tower , which stands 1776 feet .
The three of you are looking at the reflecting pools where those two towers once stood .
Around the pools with the cascading waters are the names of the people who died on that day .
Your cousin has a white rose in her hand and she’s looking for the panel that has the name of the people who died when Flight Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania .
When she sees the name of her friend , she places the white rose on top of it .
She’s not the only one .
She says nothing and neither do you or your other cousin .
Instead , the three of you just hug each other tightly .
Right in front of you is the building that replaced the Twin Towers .
The three of you look up at it .
It’s a beautiful blue building and the fact that it rises 1776 feet is more symbolic .
The three of you have been crying a lot .
But looking up at the sight of the new tower, you all stop and begin to smile .
It’s as though the new tower is speaking to the three of you , saying :
“Don’t be sad . It’s going to be all right now . I’m here and I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE THIS TIME . ”