The 9/11 Memorial In NYC Is Not The Place For A Photo Op


I was recently at One World Trade Center as I occasionally am for business and as I always do, I paid my respects to all those who perished on that horrible morning in 2001.  I was there that morning and saw the first plane as it flew towards it’s intended target.  Fortunately, I was far enough away from the tower when it hit that I was not directly affected by the impact.  But that day, like the Kennedy assassination and the Martin Luther King assassination was a day that no one who lived through it will ever forget.

As I stopped at the North Tower Memorial to recognize and pay respects to the brother of a friend, I was unable to get near the memorial as there were approximately 12 tourists taking a selfie.  Well I must admit that this enraged me.  So much so that I had to say something to this heartless  group of ignorant individuals and no one should defend them or anyone else from that criticism.

Let me be 100% clear and as concise as I can be.  The 9/11 memorial is not a national park.  It is not a traditional tourist attraction like Mount Rushmore.  The World Trade Center 9/11 memorial is a Graveyard.  It’s a Cemetery.  When was the last time that you took a photo at your relative’s burial plot?!!  It’s unfeeling, it’s stupid and completely without thought or sensitivity to stand there and take photos like you’re having a wonderful time in the great outdoors.

It’s not difficult to understand that every time I’m there, all these years later, I can’t help but have tears in my eyes thinking of all those who perished that terrible morning.  So please if you’re reading this and have never been there and plan on going, or even if you are there daily, treat that site as if its sacred ground worthy of respect, solemnity, and sadness because it is.

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