On May 15th 2014, The 9/11 Memorial Museum opened it's doors for the first time. The president and all the politicians along with selected invited guests attended the opening ceremony. I visited the Museum on Sunday morning on 5-18-14. I really did not know what to expect. As I walked through the museum, my emotions were kept in check. I was sort of numb, like I was on 9/11/01. My 8 years of NYC EMS and 18 years of Law enforcement experience helped me deal with the situation at hand. No matter how bad and disturbing the job was, I managed to keep my cool and do what was needed to be done. I would deal with the emotions later after the job was over. At the museum I concentrated on the objects that were recovered at Ground Zero. I was impressed at how well the museum was set up. With today's technology, the video and photo displays were perfect. The story of 9/11/01 and the clean-up and recovery was execellent, but I felt they museum did not tell the whole story. There are thousands of 9/11 First Responders and neighborhood residents, along with people who worked in the area of Ground Zero, who are sick and dying. The only memorial for First Responders who died from their illnesses is in Nesconset, Long Island. On Saturday May 17th 2014, a ceremony was held at the memorial. Dozens of names of First Responders who died in the past year were added to the Memorial Wall. All in all, I was very impressed with the Museum. I highly recommend a visit to this Museum. Hopefully the museum will drop it's admission fee and the government will fund the museum.
On Thursday May 15th 2014 the Memorial was opened to the general public. The metal detectors have been removed. Upon entering the museum, you will have to go through a metal detector security check. Photo taken on 5-18-13.
The memorial pool of the South Tower with One WTC in the background. Photo taken on 5-18-14.
The sign over the welcome desk. Photo taken on 5-18-14.
The Survivors Staircase. Photo taken on 5-18-14.
A bent and twisted column . Photo taken on 5-18-14.
The Last Beam on display at the Museum. Photo taken on 5-18-14.
The Slurry Wall. Photo taken on 5-18-14.
Steel beams that were salvaged from the World trade Center. Photo taken on 5-18-14.
The Ground Zero Cross. Photo taken on 5-18-14.
The crushed front of Ladder Company 3. Photo taken on 5-18-14.
Photos of those who were murdered on 9/11/01. Photo taken on 5-18-14.
Two Steel Spandrals were saved from the original World trade Center. They are so large that they had to be installed and then the museum built around them. Photo taken on 5-18-14.
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