theCHIVE visits the 9/11 Memorial (30 HQ photos)

John and I were fortunate enough to visit the newly opened 9/11 Memorial over the weekend. A big thanks to Chivette, Erin Willett, who got us advance passes to visit the memorial. Unfortunately Erin's uncle, Gerald Michael Olcott, was working on the 99th floor of WTC 1 10 years ago and was a victim of the attacks. It was a powerful and moving day and we're glad we can share our personal photos with the Chivers who are curious to see the much anticipated memorial.

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  • Tuff Guy

    Looks amazing. Can't wait to go.

    • Tuff Guy

      And um, first.

  • Anonymous

    Bad ass

  • Jon

    This is awesome guys

  • http://terrellpryorstattooartist.wordpress.com terrellpryorstattooartist

    Definately wanna make a visit

  • basementvirgin

    #8 Hey dipshit, it's not always appropriate to smile in a picture. Wipe that "I used the potty for the first time yay" look off your face.

    • Anon

      I don't mind the smile but the sweater has got to go

      • McBeastie

        Yeah, that sweater is horrible.

    • SadSnoopy

      Have some respect dude. There's no room for negative comments in a thread like this.

    • basementvirgin

      So nobody else thinks smiling in a picture, at a site of destruction and sadness, like you're at Disneyland is offensive, I guess I'm the asshole then. Hats off to you, Chivers.

      • VET3450

        If i die and theres a monument go ahead and smile id rather people celebrate my life instead of think about my death.

      • thrillho

        umadbro?

      • http://www.actionfiguretherapy.com SimonPhoenix

        They are smiling to be a part of it. YOU FUCKIN' asswipe. You don't think the Israeli's go around CRYING ALL THE FUCKING TIME!
        No they smile because AFTER EVERY ATTACK, no matter how horrific, they rise from ashes. I wouldn't expect a dumb ass coward shit for brains ass crack fuck face to know that you NEVER give in, or give the terrorists a chance to let them know you huddle in fear.
        Have some class, PLEASE!
        P.S. Besides — WE ALL fought for citizens to enjoy this and smile, knowing they are safe and that we got the Son of a Bitch who "claimed" responsibility for this.

        • McBeastie

          I'm with you simon but I'm not sure why the word claimed is in quotes.

    • finkle

      If people didn't bring up the courage for a smile during tragic events the world would be a more sad, dark place…

      • basementvirgin

        Never thought of it like that, you're right what courage, this douche should have his own holiday for being so brave. This reminds me of family guy and when Lois just says 9/11 over and over again, and the sheep cheer for her.

        • McBeastie

          except it's nothing like that…so move on.

    • Frank

      You seem to care more about slagging someone on the internet than you do about the memorial.

      I think it's you who needs to show some respect.

    • Huell

      Looked more to Huell like an, "I just got my first boner." look.

    • Lugh

      What are you, a member of Al-fucking-Qaeda? Just because some terrorist pricks destroyed the buildings no one is permitted to smile anymore? If that's the case then we might as well surrender, because they've won. Get a fucking life.

    • Never Forget

      I lost my father on 9/11 and am in no way offended by your smile, in fact I have pictures of myself smiling in the very same place you guys are standing. Of course there is nothing wrong with being mournful, I for one have been plenty, but to me the memorial is a place to celebrate the lives of the victims; the heroism of the first responders, including my father; and the perseverance of our country. The very fact that you guys took the time to visit both the memorial and the name of a fellow chiver's father means a great deal to me. Thank you Chive.

      P.S: the only parts of this post that I found offensive were the ignorant comments of "basementvirigin"

      • Never Forget

        Sorry… uncle*

  • Dan

    Damn, #13 got to me. The rest were powerful but something about that unborn child part got me hard.

    • Marine Dad

      I agree.

    • pedo bear

      'something about that unborn child part got me hard"

      dude…that's creepy and sick. you should seek some help.

      • the_j

        you, sir, are an idiot. learn to read!

    • NebraskaGuy

      I'm right there with ya, man!

    • DQ5

      Went there 1 month ago, felt the same way. There were way too many of those.

  • Cat

    still makes me sad …

    • dub bers

      blame the CIA for blowing up the towers then.

  • Peter

    Everyone lost something that day. Respect.

    Btw, is there more between someone at the Chive and Erin??!

    • Jack

      I was thinking that myself by that pic.

    • BeefFarmer

      their love of scarves has brought them together

      • Christian Lander

        Stuff White People Like #97, Scarves

        White People’s body temperatures do not operate on logical or consistent levels, and because of this white people are often forced to wear clothing combinations that might seem strange or illogical. One popular example is the performance vest which solves the age old problem of cold chest hot arms. Another common combination is wearing shorts with a sweatshirt which helps bring about comfort when your upper body is chilly but your lower half is sweltering. But without a doubt, the one piece of clothing that helps to regulate white body temperature in all situations is the scarf.

        During winter months, it’s no surprise to find white people all bundled up with scarves around their neck – it just makes sense. But even as the weather warms up and the other layers start to fall off, the scarf remains.

        It is not uncommon to see a white person in jeans, a sweater and a scarf. In fact, it’s not a rare occurance to see a white person in a t-shirt, jeans, and a scarf. Thats right. A thin cotton t-shirt paired with a scarf to enable maximum temperature control in bars and places with air conditioning

        But not all white people wear the scarves for temperature reasons. A well made scarf can be an essential part of a white ensemble, allowing for all-important differentiation from other white people wearing the exact same clothes as them. Thus allowing them to be picked out of the crowd for dating or mocking purposes

        “I like the guy in the white American Apparel shirt with the glasses.”

        “Which one? there are eight.”

        “The guy with the keffiyeh.”

        “Oh yeah, you’re right. He does look smarter and more political than the other guys. He’s clearly more sensitive to wind, so he’s probably more sensitive in general. You should totally date him.”

        Along with making up a key part of the white wardrobe, scarves also function as a vital pillar of the white gift economy. Due to their relative ease of creation, many white people (especially women) like to knit scarves for friends and lovers. For this reason alone, if you find yourself needing a new scarf but not a long term relationship, dating a white woman might be the easiest and most cost effective solution.

    • just the facts

      They are an item. She cheated on her boyfriend with John in May and she's been getting paid to do their promos every since.

      • ditto

        Heard her ex was a good guy too. Weird.

        • mark

          … ^^ said the guy who logged in under a different name to validate his first comment.

          this is a 9-11 memorial post, not a gossip column, guys, show some respect.

          • sooty

            Oh don't mind him. He just sounds butthurt is all.

          • Jinggneiou

            wash the sand out of your vagina mark.

  • stillsad

    Will always remember that day.. this is an amazing tribute to those lost, for the families that have dealt with the loss, and for the country that was united for that day… god bless

  • Steele

    May their souls Rest In Peace

  • http://www.allinbayarea.com TWON925

    Erin Is Rad…best post in a while guys

    • common sense

      She's rad because she's boning John and gets paid to do their promos and appear in their shit? Think about your statement for a second there.

      • http://www.allinbayarea.com TWON925

        shes Rad cause she went out of her way to help me with something a while back when she didnt have too at all….She genuinely wanted to try too help me with nothing in it for her…Think about that numbnuts

  • Woody

    #4 God Bless AMERICA !!!

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/ADHDavenger13?feature=mhsn Firefighter23

      And everyone that was lost that day including 343 of my brothers. I did a memorial stair climb this year. I climbed for Leon Smith Jr. Driver of Ladder 118. He lost his life searching for people in the hotel at the foot of the World Trade Center. They never found him. I climbed all 110 stories for you brother.

      • YN1 Murphy

        Thank you for your service and your continued support. I'm sorry to hear of your losses as well.

  • DrLeppiwinks

    A definite must-see, that in itself is worth a trip to NYC

  • Dreamer

    Very, VERY moving…
    But it makes you think, life is short. Here is a test, pick an actual day in the future that you will die on… It could be 5 years or 20 years, that day is out there somewhere for everyone of us, throw caution to the wind and do something magical today, in memory of those who can't.

  • Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    chills still…

  • profoundgarage

    Very nicely done.

  • hailey

    thank you for sharing this with us. i think it's just beautiful.

  • http://echogeo.wordpress.com/ echogeo

    The hairs on the back of my neck are standing up.

  • http://thechive.com/ bkfrijoles

    #3 its a beautiful memorial

    • ChelseaRules

      It really is creative and spectacular. I wonder how they decided on it. Something like:
      "A tragedy like that seemed almost impossible. As impossible as dividing by zero."

  • ciap

    inside job!

    • http://thechive.com/ GernBlansten

      Idiot

    • Cruzer117

      Probably true , but not the place to say it!

    • Revel in Blindness

      yep, government sponsored fake terrorism. And Cruzer is right, this is not the place to express that.

    • AKBAR

      This is the perfect place to express the "inside job" feelings. Until Bush / Cheney get brought to justice for attacking their own country to push us into a meaningless war, all the memorials in the world won't matter. wake up people, stop being so "American" and naive.

      • Pwithc

        EVERYTHING ON THE INTERNET IS TRUE

    • Dan

      Wow, all of you who replied to this (excluding Clint Eastwood guy) and the original poster can fuck off and live somewhere else, because America doesn't need or want assholes like you.

      • Soap

        Show some respect! This isn't the place for you narrow minded conspiracy theories. I'm British and i cant help feel for the loss that American suffered. Show some solidarity for your fellow Americans!

  • http://twitter.com/asylumstudio B Line (@asylumstudio)

    Lest we never forget

  • http://thechive.com/ GernBlansten

    Got something in my eye…..

    • TheMoose03

      Both my eyes.

  • Slick_Nick

    This is incredible!!!To quote John Stewart "Grieve but don't despair[…]that's why we've already won, it's light…and they can't shut that down.They live in chaos and chaos cannot sustain itself[…] the view from the south of Manhattan now is the Statue of Liberty" ~ ChiveOn everyone

    • SamIAm84

      Very moving

      • Slick_Nick

        Give me the chills Every time

    • MattKL

      I always watch that on Sept. 11. Truly amazing.

  • Jeff

    Neat that it will look cooler as the decades pass; the growing trees will become a forest, block out the city and make it feel more like an immersive sanctuary.

  • MylesofStyles

    I honestly hope more people pay their respects here than the amount of people occupying city streets and parks.

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