After their practice on Wednesday, August 20, the New York Giants visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where they listened to testimonies and observed artifacts, photos and videos from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Before touring the museum, they listened intensely to a few speakers, including Joe Daniels, 9/11 Memorial President and Joe Quinn, Team RWB Northeast Regional Director. Vidicom CEO Christy Ferer also shared her personal experience on 9/11 and the impact it had on her life.
The Giants were very solemn, respectful and big and tall. As Christy spoke to a few of the players, she learned that some of them were only 10 years old when the planes hit the twin towers. Giants Quarterback Eli Manning was very shy and a complete gentleman as he walked around the museum and quietly observed the artifacts.
All the players and the coaches were very interested in learning about 9/11 and the implications it had on the U.S.
A few of the players shared their experience on Twitter. Here are a few tweets from players that visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum:
Devon Kennard (@DevonKennard): “Glad I had the chance to visit the 9/11 memorial w/ my teammates. Great reminder of the resiliency of this great city & country! #NYC #USA”
William Beatty (@willbeatty65): “Today I reminded of the strength of my great country. We are strong b/c we stand as one when it counts.”
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum opened its doors on May 21, 2014, and serves to “educate the millions of people expected to visit the World Trade Center each year.” The main exhibition space is located in the original foundation level of the World Trade Center and to enter the museum, visitors make their way down a sloped ramp that passes a few historical artifacts.
The museum is divided into three exhibitions: Historical Exhibition, Memorial Exhibition and Foundation Hall.
In the Historical Exhibition, visitors learn about the events that led up to 9/11 as they view videos, images and listen to audio recordings of the day that changed America forever. The Memorial Exhibition includes the “Wall of Faces,” which is an interactive wall that displays information of the 3,000 people that lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. Visitors learn the victims’ stories and their history.
The collection at the September 11 Memorial Museum provides visitors with photographs, artifacts, videos and memorabilia that pays a tribute to those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The memorial and museum provides visitors with a historical account of the day that changed America and the implications it continues to have around the world. The memorial’s twin reflecting pools feature large waterfalls as well as the names of the people who lost their lives.
Christy encourages everyone to visit the museum and learn the history behind 9/11. Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum website at http://www.911memorial.org.