As a Wife of a pilot, it is sobering to gaze upon the crumpled Boeing 767, on display in the “9/11 Museum.” American Airlines tail number N334AA was the plane my husband had flown many times before it crashed into the Twin Towers. I now stood in front of an enormous commercial airliner that was smashed and mangled like a tin can. This scene paled in comparison to the massive steel beams twisted all around me like copper wire.
As I descend into the concrete chambers that once were the footprints of the Twin Towers, my heart starts to pound. It is hard to believe that the tallest buildings in the world once rose upward from this spot. An unexpected eerie quietness surrounds me. Quieter than I thought it would be for an echoing huge concrete hole. Was everyone whispering or were my senses dulled? Anger and sadness welled inside of me as I saw the carnage. My tears suppressed by my anger.
A warning sign greeted me at the “timeline room.” It warned that “this exhibit may be disturbing to some visitors.” The whole museum is disturbing, and this sign could not prepare me for what I had already had seen before entering this room. The room contains, an extensive timeline of the sequence of event that unfolded on that beautiful fall day. If the visual is not enough, there is video and audio recordings from that day.
The “Wall of Faces,” exhibits is overwhelming as the eyes of almost 3,000 victims stare down at your from their photos. In the North Tower, on the walls hang pictures of my husband’s colleagues from American Airlines Flight 11.
My blood boils with the over presence of what seems to be a tribute to the terrorists. I understand that documenting history is important however I believe they didn’t need a timeline outlining their lives. The pilots & crews had no such timeline of their history, where they had come from, their families or past accomplishments.
The light in the darkness in the museum is a display of an open Bible fused to a chunk of steel from the towers. There are the words of Jesus’ from the Sermon on the Mount, in the Gospel Matthew 5:32-42
“You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well: and if anyone forces you to go one mile, also go the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse any who wants to borrow from you.”
The word of the Lord will live forever.
The “9/11 Museum,” is cradled in a giant hole in the footprint of the collapse of the World Trade Center. It serves as a reminder of the hole left in our hearts. Visiting the museum is overwhelming. However, it should not be missed when visiting New York City. As the Wife of a Pilot and a wife of an American Airlines 767 pilot, it had a profound impact on my life.
Cost for Admission into 9/11 Museum
You can purchase your tickets online
*THERE are NO Discounts for Airline Crew Members even though my husband flew that Airplane the 767 that was on display in the Memorial…I was not going to pay to go to the “911 Museum,” this tragic event had already cost our family a high price. We went on free admission Tuesday.
*Free 9/11 Family Members
*Free Admission Tuesdays Free 5 pm to close- Free Admission Tuesday tickets distributed at the museum staring at 4 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. The line beginnings form at 3 pm
*Free Active/Retired Military Free with Military ID –need to be show at the window when picking-up your tickets.
*Veteran $18.00-You may show your VA card or VFW card or bring a copy of your papers
*Senior 65 and older $18.00
*US College Student (with valid ID) $18.00
*Youth (7-17) $15.00
*Child under 6 Free
*Great deal New York City Pass you have 9 days to use it
Buy your tickets online
$116 Adult Youth 6-17 $92
^Empire State Building Experience
^America Museum of Natural History
^The Metropolitan Museum of Art
^Top of the Rock Observation Deck or Guggenheim Museum
^Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island or Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
^9/11 Memorial & Museum or Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Totaled up 197.00 you save $83.00
Personally, I wish the last 2 selections, were not either or, and you could replace with some of the other options.
The September 11 Memorial Museum defines its mission as: “It bears solemn witness to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. The museum honors the nearly 3,000 victims of these attacks and all those who risked their lives to save others. It further recognizes the thousands who survived and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath. Demonstrating the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and its impact on communities at the local, national and international levels, the museum attests to the triumph of human dignity over human depravity and affirms an unwavering commitment to the fundamental value of humanity.”
Living on a Wing and a Prayer,
Wife Of A Pilot
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