Please, no cheesy touristy selfies here
It took us a while to get here, but finally, a fitting memorial has been built to nearly 3,000 victims or more who were snatched from this earth, from all who loved them on this horrible day here at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.
I finally made my way to the 9/11 memorial this summer. I was simultaneously taken by the beauty and the heavy leaden feeling of grief as I stared into the waters that seemed to fall forever into an abyss.
I know there are some who want to come here, but have not the strength to stand here.
I found some names of those I knew, if only peripherally. Like Mark P. Whitford. A firefighter. A fellow high school classmate a few years younger than me who wrestled for my dad. Just another NYFD firefighter who died trying to save lives. I remember falling to the floor in shock when my dad told me he had been killed.
For those who lost someone here, and for all native New Yorkers, this place is very personal. Very intimate and very sacred.
So, visitors to NYC, take note.
We are so happy to have tourists in town.
But this is not just another tourist attraction. Don’t turn it into such.
This is a homicide area.
This is a memorial.
This is a mass grave.
So when you come here, please.
No cheesy selfies.
And please, when you come here and take photographs, please don’t smile.