It would be easy for New Yorkers to slowly let the attacks recede from their memory, but not unsurprisingly they continue to diligently mark the events of 9/11 and remember those who lost their lives that morning.
We know, because we have been to many moving ceremonies over the past week, from candlelight vigils to wreath-laying ceremonies to humble but sincere memorial events.
If you haven’t made a trip to Ground Zero to see the 9/11 memorial, you should make a point of doing so. It’s a fitting tribute and really puts in perspective the enormity of the tragedy.
The vanishing pools are a poignant place to reflect on the catastrophe…that is while you’re dodging all of the tourists trying to get their photo taken.
It’s not their fault, though, that the memorial at Ground Zero is a little like trying to visit the Empire State Building or walking through Times Square on a Saturday afternoon.
The events of 9/11 were a national tragedy, and visitors have as much of a right to the memorial as any New Yorker, and chances are they will never be there again and want a memento to mark the occasion.
But for New Yorkers, the memento of 9/11 they will carry with them is the loved one they lost, the childhood friend who never made it home that day, the brother, sister, son, or daughter they will never get to pose for a picture with ever again.
Which is what makes the “small” memorial ceremonies that take place across Queens and Brooklyn so moving; it’s real people remembering real loss.
If you didn’t make it to any sort of 9/11 memorial ceremony this year, we urge you to make a point of trying to make it to one next year. We suspect you’ll be much more moved than if you went to the “big” memorial in Lower Manhattan.