While planning my recent trip to NYC, I knew the 9/11 memorial had to be on my list of places to visit. Definitely book your ticket online in advance ($2 service charge/ticket), but it will save you loads of time and you can reserve the day/time you want weeks in advance. I would also suggest stopping by St. Paul's Chapel before/after your 9/11 memorial visit. It contains lots of great tribue items and pictures of the brave men and women who supported the recovery efforts. The grounds themselves are very peaceful and most people were quiet and respectful. When you walk through the entry gate, walk to the far left side pool; people tend to gather at the first pool and the far one is also right in front of the new Freedom Tower, thus great for pics. I saw a number of people weeping as they ran their fingers over the names on the plaques; it was definitely a touching moment. Standing there, my mind began to race back to the day it happened; remembering where I was when I heard, the sad pics engrained in my mind, even remembering where I ate that night while we all watched the constant news images over and over as everyone was silent. Seems that day will forever be in my memory. This should be a must stop for any true American while in NYC.
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