Kent Swig

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Tour at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Kent Swig in front of Trident Steel Beams

Kent Swig in front of Trident Steel Beams

On May 16th, I was honored and privileged to be invited to tour the new National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center prior to its official opening on May 21st. The emotional impact of the Museum is so very powerful.

From the moment I  entered the Museum, I was overwhelmed with the vast cubic volume of the space which symbolizes the immense significance of what occurred on September 11, 2001. The entire Museum, itself, is an artifact that has been built into and extends down to  the bedrock of the World Trade Center…..its very foundation reflects the tragedy and loss of life  that has resulted from the single largest foreign  attack on American soil.

Kent Swig in front of Reflecting Absence pool

Kent Swig in front of Reflecting Absence pool

The story is told through the artifacts that have escaped destruction and serve as the memory of all  those who perished  that day. Among the many artifacts that penetrated my soul, down to the core, was seeing the several watches and clocks that eerily just “stopped” at certain times on 911, just as so many lives also just “stopped” throughout that day….all evoking a deep sadness within me as tears welled up in my eyes.

Quote from Virgil in the book The Odyssey surrounded by 2983 pieces of blue tinted paper

Quote from Virgil’s book, The Odyssey, surrounded by 2983 pieces of blue tinted paper

Then there is a chilling sentence displayed on a large wall, written by Vrigil from his book the Odyssey, that reads:

“No Day Shall Erase You From The Memory Of Time”.

This quote is surrounded by 2,983 blue pieces of paper symbolizing the crystal blue sky that was present on September 11, 2001, with each paper being a different shade of blue representing the unique and individual lives of those who died on that day. The sheer size of this wall and the many pieces of paper/lives on that wall is emotionally overwhelming and heartbreaking.

The Museum is clearly a success and achieves what it needed to do: provide a living memory to those who perished on 911 and to insure that we as a City, a Nation and a World, never forget what occurred on 911 at this very spot. And, the Museum also inspires us by showing New York’s and America’s resilience and our ability to overcome the depths of tragedy and express our humanness to live on and prosper.

Inside the 911 Museum

Inside the 911 Museum

Mangled antenna from atop World Trade Center # 1

Mangled antenna from atop World Trade Center # 1

Mangled Fire Truck

Mangled Fire Truck

Last beam to be removed from  the debris of the destruction of the the Twin Towers

Last beam to be removed from the debris of the destruction of the the Twin Towers

The walls of the 911 Museum

The exterior glass walls of the 911 Museum

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May 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

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