Today is the second day of August and I cannot believe it. I woke up to a rainy morning in a comfortable bed at Hotel Beacon in New York City. As soon I heard my phone alarm, I got up fast and surprisingly had more than usual energy on a Saturday morning. It is a special day for us Women and Leadership cohorts, as we have reserved our New York University (NYU) tour, 9/11 Memorial and Museum and Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises on 42nd Street near Times Square. We all met in Hotel Beacon's Lobby, then walked to New York City subway.
After our guided tour, we voted to walk through the local farmers market then walk over to the famous Joe's Pizza. At the farmers market, we ventured through and were told to meet back at Fantasy Fruit Stand at 11:50 AM. In the end I purchased a two large Cherry Almond and Blackberry Sage Goatboy Soapbars, handmade with Goat's Milk, Shea Butter Soap, with Andrew's Local Honey as souvenirs. Joe's Pizza is famous in New York City as being in the movie SpiderMan with having celebrity customers some were Lenny Kravitz and Leonardo Dicaprio in a photo at the pizza restaurant.
We walked together to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, past crowded streets and a few thousand people. There was a long stretching line of waiting people for admission. Jenny, our chaperon smoothly got us through in a different empty lane, probably for reserved admission tickets. After quick security checkpoint, downstairs we went to find our tour. We were each given a set of headphones and a small radio to hear our tour guide's voice. There a lot of artifacts that the museum built around it, such as the only column that was stood in place with the concrete wall dam that continues to hold today. These are symbols to us that we stand strong together and we accept to grow around it. The quote by Virgil, " No Day Shall Erase You From The Memory Of Time", was set on a background of various shades of blue painted squares the artist wanted to represent as the sky. Behind the quote wall, are the remains of the 40% of the 9/11 victims, who until this day not been identified or recognized by someone. Actually having the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum was so heart wrenching. Listening to their voices and stories made it a feel like I was there and a real interaction. All the people in the museum were connected, our faces were solemn and we paid our respects. It is important to critically understand our history. While walking through actual breakdown of 9/11, reading about the heroes, victims, and survivors watching news footage, and seeing photos of people in need of medical attention, many of us in the room felt this emotional pain and empathy. This leads to what can we do today for people who are going through country destruction?