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    The Sphere is a large metallic sculpture by German sculptor Fritz Koenig, currently displayed in Battery Park, New York City, that once stood in the middle of Austin J. Tobin Plaza, the area between the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan. After being recovered from the rubble of the Twin Towers after the 11 September attacks, the artwork faced an uncertain fate, and it was dismantled into its components. Although it remained structurally intact, it had been visibly damaged by debris from the airliners that were crashed into the buildings and from the collapsing skyscrapers themselves.
    Six months after the attacks, following a documentary film about the sculpture, it was relocated to Battery Park on a temporary basis—without any repairs—and formally rededicated with an eternal flame as a memorial to the victims of 9/11. It has become a major tourist attraction, due partly to the fact that it survived the attacks with only dents and holes.

    Years after the attack, as people become complacent and memories become faded, a person asked "What does "never forget" mean?" At first I was taken back by this question, but then I thought maybe the question was sincere and the writer really wanted to "know" what it meant. While I do not speak for anyone but myself, I am sure those who were affected by 9/11 will understand what I say. "NEVER FORGET" means NEVER allowing us as a nation to ever let our guard down again.....NEVER to forget all the innocent lives that were lost on 9/11/01 (in New York City, in Washington D.C. and in Pennsylvania) when 4 planes were hijacked and turned into weapons against us......NEVER to take for granted the freedom that we have......NEVER to forget everyone (uniformed and civilian) who responded to help after the attacks............NEVER to forget all of the rescue workers who died trying to save others, who ran into the buildings with the knowledge that not all of them would ever return to their families........NEVER to forget all those who are now sick after spending months trying to recover bodies from the debris........ I hope these words (and photos and people taking the time to comment) will help to keep the memory of September 11th alive, so that we never have to repeat that horrific day ever again. And that is what is meant when we say....."NEVER FORGET". (and yes, I speak from first hand experience of that day and the months that followed.)

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      Perfect choice of location.

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    17. 1987porsche944 61 months ago | reply

      This is such an amazing photo, Kevin. I can't believe I missed it! I've missed a lot these days, barely online. I remember sitting at the base of The Sphere waiting for my father to come out of work when I was a kid. I love that sculpture and I'm so glad we have it sitting here. You've captured a lot of great elements in here - from the flags, the Sphere, the lights, and the new Freedom Tower. Just amazing. Of course I will never forget either!!!

    18. empirestate of mind 57 months ago | reply

      Amazing,well captured Kevin!

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