New York Trip

This past Monday we visited NYC to take a tour of Wall Street and visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It started off as a windy cold day when we got on the bus, just the kind of day that screamed at you “It’s freezing in New York!”, but we ventured on anyway and had a great time! First, we visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum and got to take a look at a lot of the artwork created to remember the tragic 9/11. First, we saw photographs. This photography showed  volunteers, firemen, and police just starting to clean up the rubble at ground zero. You could tell from every single photo that they were overwhelmed and didn’t even know where to start. Just trying to imagine what it must have been like for them is hard. I feel for all the firemen who went into the burning building risking their lives for so many people trapped inside, those who witnessed it in New York, and families whose loved ones were lost in this event. It really was one of the darkest days in American history, but perhaps we remember it because of the day after, September 12th. This day, all of America came together and came together stronger than they were on September 10th. Volunteers all the way from California flew in just to lend a hand in the cleanup process. It’s really incredible to hear that people came so far to help their fellow Americans. The second artifact we saw was a piece of art called  “Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning”. This piece was made of one square for each of the victims that died. These squares were each painted in a different shade of blue that represents the blue color of the sky that day. It also represents each individual victim’s own uniqueness since each square is a slightly different shade of blue. I thought this was a simple, but beautiful, way to represent the victims. The next stop was an artifact that people had turned into a memorial by adhering pictures, flowers, and all the things you would see at a cemetery to it. A lot of people felt they had to do this because many didn’t have a cemetery to go to since many human remains were never found. The last piece was a small collection of art from people from all across the world. They painted their thoughts and feelings, they painted what happened, and they painted the hope for the future. They were all beautiful and very different from each other, but yet they were all about the same thing, which is the part that was so incredible to me. After we were finished, we each got to make our own blue square with a small drawing on it to remember 9/11 in our own way. Overall, I loved this museum, and I would love to go back! Afterwards, we took a tour of Wall Street. We didn’t actually get to into the building where people trade stocks, but we got to see the building, talk about what goes on inside, and go to other historic financial monuments including Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler graves! This was probably my favorite part. It was crazy to imagine that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton actually lived in New York at some point in their lives. Also being a huge fan of Hamilton the musial made it all that much better! At the end of the day we headed back to our bus on the metro and rode a Greyhound bus all the way back to Delaware. I think this was a great field trip. I’ve always loved New York, and I love every opportunity I get to visit this huge city.

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