As many have said, this is still a work in progress, but at the same time I'm thinking this is probably the best time to see it before the rawness of the area goes away.
It is a good half-hour off the main east/west highways so plan on an hour and a half to see it and get back to the highway you were traveling on. Right now I think you can see the site and read the materials in a half-hour, but I can also understand some folks, particularly in warmer months, could spend an hour or more contemplating its significance.
The memorial requires a sizeable walk to get to where the memorial plaza is with the names of the victims. Along the path is the debris field to your left and it is the final resting place for all of the victims. A large boulder represents where the impact zone was and where the crater was found.
To get to the memorial you drive up a windy road and I was struck by a carefully planted field of trees...there had to be a thousand trees here but they are all saplings. They were placed in rows like you see at Arlington National Cemetery and it struck me that this will be an amazing thing to see in 50 years when these trees are mature woods. And it also struck me that I won't be around to see it, and that's where the significance of this memorial strikes home. We will be remembering this act--and this site--for generations to come.
As I walked that long trail to the memorial wall, I passed many young people, none of them old enough to remember 9/11. For them, this is a history book item, and yet here they were.
I went in early November on a cold, snowflakey day. As I drove on these rural roads and then up the curvy road to the memorial, I wondered if I would be the only one here. It was a weekday and there was no particular reason to visit then.
Was I surprised. It was filled with people and buses.
It was good to see we are not forgetting.
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