The Freedom Tower was constructed in honor of those who lost their lives during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Arlington,Virginia. Located in New York City, it opened on May 29, 2015. It includes the Firefighter's 9/11 Memorial Wall, which details accounts of emergency responders, and the Reflecting Absence Memorial, which is a man-made waterfall built to show the void left as a result of tremendous loss of life. The 9/11 Memorial honors the lives of the nearly 3,00 people who lost their lives during this tragedy by listing their names around the waterfall inside this memorial. It is important that we never forget the events of September 11, 2001 and cherish the freedom that we are all fortunate to have each and every day.
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center located in Church Creek, Maryland is a symbol of the fight against slavery and the desire to provide freedom for all in the early-mid 1800s. The Underground Railroad was a network that developed in the years that led up to the Civil War in which African American slaves escape to the Northern U.S. and Canada in order to gain their freedom. Escaped slaves were assisted by abolitionists, or people that opposed slavery, and often traveled from place-to-place at night while hiding in homes, boats, or other locations during the day. If caught, African American slaves were often severely injured or even put to death as a way to discourage others from attempting to do the same. One famous abolitionist was Harriet Tubman, who herself was a former slave, as she risked her own safety/life to help others gain liberty. The visitorś center is located near where Harriet Tubman lived as a slave before her escape north. Her former home in Auburn, N.Y., which is where she settled after the Civil War, also serves to honor her for her efforts in the fight against slavery