Monday, 2 June 2014

New York Loves - Memorial

Last weekend was Memorial weekend in America. I love the fact that the US celebrate their military with a pride and a passion that outside of Remembrance weekend we don't do enough of in the UK, however I do think people loose sight of what memorial weekend is all about, and use it as an excuse to celebrate the start of summer filled with b-b-q's and fun and not remembering all those that have not made it home. Rant aside I don't want this to be a maudlin post, but a chance to see a different side of New York and one filled with pride, honour, sacrifice and thanks.
 During visits to New York I have stumbled across some beautiful memorials, which when visiting the city are worth seeking out, and give you pause for thought in a city that really doesn't sleep.
FDNY Memorial Wall - running alongside 10 ladder company's firehouse adjacent to the World Trade Centre site is a beautiful bronze memorial depicting life as a New York Firefighter as the twin towers fell. It is a stunning sympathetic piece of art which has been masterfully crafted, dedicated to the 343 fire officers that lost their life on that fateful day. Here are my thoughts when I visited it in 2012.

Governors Island - Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbour, previously a military base, and then home to the coastguards. It has now become a recreational area, which many of the historic buildings being held in trust. The 30 acre site is filled with many memorial sites, a perfect place to relax and enjoy the views onto Brooklyn and Manhattan.
NYPD Memorial - sited on the harbour side of the World Trade Centre, this water and wall memorial features every police office that has died in the line of duty in New York City. It is a calming space, which offers a small space of peace in area filled with hustle & bustle. Here's more from when I visited in 2011.
Battery Park - is a space filled with many memorials, the largest and the most iconic is the East Coast Memorial. This memorial honors the 4,601 missing American servicemen who lost their lives in the Atlantic Ocean while engaged in combat during World War II. It is beautiful. I have blogged several times of my love of this space, here is one from 2011, when the fleet came in for Fleetweek.
9/11 memorial - this month has seen the 9/11 memorial museum and I have mixed thoughts on it. I have visited the memorial pools and found them moving, humbling and a sentimental tribute to the space and the lives lost. Here are my thoughts from the time. Having visited NY pre 9/11 and post, the memorials in place are a fitting tribute to an event that changed the face of the world we live in today. A space that allows you to pause & reflect in a tranquil environment.
As well as the memorials around the city, one of the best times to visit is during Fleetweek!... its a chance to thank a sailor or military personnel in person!.... a couple of years ago I visited in May and watched the fleet sail up the Hudson river
and  met a few sailors in Times Square!. It was a week filled with sunshine, sailors and fun in the city!... plenty of opportunity to shake them by the hand and say Thankyou.
For a little bit of light hearted fun during fleetweek, check out Sex & the City's episode called Anchors Away which features fleetweek, or read Ali McNamara's great book "From Nottinghill to New York actually. I hope that you have enjoyed this New Loves, here are my previous posts, sharing some of my favourites from New York.
~ x ~


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Monday, 2 June 2014

New York Loves - Memorial

Last weekend was Memorial weekend in America. I love the fact that the US celebrate their military with a pride and a passion that outside of Remembrance weekend we don't do enough of in the UK, however I do think people loose sight of what memorial weekend is all about, and use it as an excuse to celebrate the start of summer filled with b-b-q's and fun and not remembering all those that have not made it home. Rant aside I don't want this to be a maudlin post, but a chance to see a different side of New York and one filled with pride, honour, sacrifice and thanks.
 During visits to New York I have stumbled across some beautiful memorials, which when visiting the city are worth seeking out, and give you pause for thought in a city that really doesn't sleep.
FDNY Memorial Wall - running alongside 10 ladder company's firehouse adjacent to the World Trade Centre site is a beautiful bronze memorial depicting life as a New York Firefighter as the twin towers fell. It is a stunning sympathetic piece of art which has been masterfully crafted, dedicated to the 343 fire officers that lost their life on that fateful day. Here are my thoughts when I visited it in 2012.

Governors Island - Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbour, previously a military base, and then home to the coastguards. It has now become a recreational area, which many of the historic buildings being held in trust. The 30 acre site is filled with many memorial sites, a perfect place to relax and enjoy the views onto Brooklyn and Manhattan.
NYPD Memorial - sited on the harbour side of the World Trade Centre, this water and wall memorial features every police office that has died in the line of duty in New York City. It is a calming space, which offers a small space of peace in area filled with hustle & bustle. Here's more from when I visited in 2011.
Battery Park - is a space filled with many memorials, the largest and the most iconic is the East Coast Memorial. This memorial honors the 4,601 missing American servicemen who lost their lives in the Atlantic Ocean while engaged in combat during World War II. It is beautiful. I have blogged several times of my love of this space, here is one from 2011, when the fleet came in for Fleetweek.
9/11 memorial - this month has seen the 9/11 memorial museum and I have mixed thoughts on it. I have visited the memorial pools and found them moving, humbling and a sentimental tribute to the space and the lives lost. Here are my thoughts from the time. Having visited NY pre 9/11 and post, the memorials in place are a fitting tribute to an event that changed the face of the world we live in today. A space that allows you to pause & reflect in a tranquil environment.
As well as the memorials around the city, one of the best times to visit is during Fleetweek!... its a chance to thank a sailor or military personnel in person!.... a couple of years ago I visited in May and watched the fleet sail up the Hudson river
and  met a few sailors in Times Square!. It was a week filled with sunshine, sailors and fun in the city!... plenty of opportunity to shake them by the hand and say Thankyou.
For a little bit of light hearted fun during fleetweek, check out Sex & the City's episode called Anchors Away which features fleetweek, or read Ali McNamara's great book "From Nottinghill to New York actually. I hope that you have enjoyed this New Loves, here are my previous posts, sharing some of my favourites from New York.
~ x ~


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