START SPREADING THE NEWS – VISITING THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11TH MEMORIAL

FB_IMG_1501940755403FB_IMG_1501940862001FB_IMG_1501940853377FB_IMG_1501941034906FB_IMG_1501941047536FB_IMG_1501940512559You  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 . ”

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