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Paige Scully Visits Ground Zero
Posted on November 25th, 2014

This month marked the opening of One World Trade Center, also known as the “Freedom Tower.” Thirteen years after the tragic events of 9/11, the iconic building now stands at 1,776 feet, making it the tallest building in the western hemisphere. While this is a huge milestone and a sign of strength and progress, Vista member Paige Scully reminds us of the importance of commemorating the legacy of those that were lost on that historic day.
Paige recently visited the Ground Zero Memorial for the first time. She recalls feeling mixed emotions upon arrival-confused, overwhelmed, angry, yet hopeful. She was silent throughout most of her visit out of respect to those being commemorated, but was able to observe and connect with her surroundings in a profound way. Paige still wears her 9/11 Memorial wristband that she got from the Museum as a reminder of this powerful experience. Paige describes her experience below, in a piece that she wrote called “My Visit to Ground Zero.”
“Recently, my Mom and I went to New York to visit Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan. As we approached the Memorial it was quiet and respectful. It looks like a park with two giant waterfalls in the footprints of the Twin Towers that were destroyed. There were lots of new Oak trees planted in memory of those that died, but only one Callery Pear tree roped off between where the Twin Towers once stood. It was buried by the rubble but showed a few signs of life. Workers dug it out, nursed it back to health and now it flourishes. It is called the Survivor Tree and it symbolizes that our nation will survive and flourish even after acts of terrorism.
Then we went to the Museum which is underground. There are many artifacts to see, but the most emotional for me was the Room of Faces. Pictures go from the floor to the ceiling of the almost 3,000 people that died on that day. Within that room are videos of each person and a little personal story about them. I had tears in my eyes. I will always remember our trip to Ground Zero.”
-Paige Scully, 2014
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