As I was saying, we left Wall street and made our way to Battery park. Actually we were trying to get to ground zero but were sure how to get there, so we wandering into a park to get a look at our map and lo and behold we learned that we were in Battery Park. We decide to have a look see before proceeding to ground zero. There are many monuments and memorials here and we only took time to visit a few. Fatigue was creeping into our legs and we were a fur piece from 27th street. The first memorial we stumbled upon was the Sphere:
Click on photo to enlarge if you want to read about the sphere's significance!
Sphere before 9/11
Next we mosied by the Korean War memorial. I lived in Korea for the U.S. Army in the early 1970's, and not during the war. No really, I'm not that old. I did however have a cousin who served there during the "conflict". One of my favorite books deals with the Korean conflict and Gen. Chesty Puller;" Marine! The Life of Chest Puller."
P.S. I like the word mosied it's such a cozy word don't you think? The dictionary doesn't recognize my spelling but does have the word mosey. Go figure.
Down to the water's edge next and the sight of this memorial:
Commissioned by the American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial, Inc., this memorial was conceived in 1976. In 1988, after an extensive competition, the artist Marisol Escobar (b. 1930), known as Marisol, was chosen to develop her design. Situated off-shore from the north end of Battery Park and just south of Pier A, the monument stands on a rebuilt stone breakwater in the harbor. The bronze figural group and boat are based on an actual historical event; during World War II, a Nazi U-boat attacked a merchant marine vessel, and while the marines clung to their sinking vessel, the Germans photographed their victims. Marisol developed a series of studio sketches from this photograph, then fashioned a clay maquette as her winning design proposal for the monument. The work was dedicated on October 8, 1991.....more.....
To finish today's post, I invite you to reflect on Ground Zero (9/11 2001) for a few moments:
Tomorrow: Dinner Italiano.