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Old 02-26-2009, 11:19 PM
 
Location: The better side of the Mason-Dixon Line
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Default Dress etiquette for visiting 9-11 memorials?

I plan on visiting the three September 11th memorial sites in the next couple weeks or months. I feel like paying my respects there is something I need to do as an American and a patriot. I'm wondering the level of dress etiquette is expected. I know there's no clear dress code anywhere but I want to show sufficient respect for going to these hallowed locations and do not want to be see as disrespectful or improper.

I do know I'll wear at least a button up, collared shirt but I'm not sure if jeans or sneakers are acceptable? Should I dress dress shoes and slacks/dress pants? Any advice or suggestions would be nice.

I do understand September 11th was the most tragic day in the history of our country if not the world and its a day that has changed America and history forever. It is still hard watching the coverage every year during the anniversaries and though nobody I knew died on that day its impacted me a lot and really changed me as a person, including helping me decide the kind of life I want to live, the kind of place I want to live in, down to the music I like. For example, I probably would not have become a country music fan or a Christian if not for 9-11, and its made me more American as a minority with immigrant parents (I see the above two traits as soemthing very American for example).
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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It's not the way you dress that counts, it's what's in your heart. I've been to several memorials. I dress causally. I see all types of dress from torn jeans to coat and tie, with everything in between, and nary a folk were critizied for their dress.
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Old 02-27-2009, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Under the SUNNY WARM SUN ....
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I would say to wear comfortable shoes.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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What is your opinion of proper attire? Go with what your heart helps you decide according to what you feel in your heart...you can't go wrong there.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Tennessee bound...someday
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I agree with the others, Tom; dress as you please. I have been to Ground Zero in NYC and as close to the Pentagon as they would allow. (I believe
there is now a more formal memorial @ the Pentagon.) I am planning the Pennsylvania visit this spring. For that one in particular, I would advise good
walking shoes that you won't mind getting dirty. The ground will most likely be soft, and probably wet. There is a good website with info &
directions on how to get to that one.

Reading your post was almost word for word what I feel myself. I did know a few who perished in the Towers, and am very close to someone
who made it out alive. It did change us all; and it's important to pay our respects. For me, it keeps the events of that day & those who died as
a reminder of what we hold dearest to our hearts.

One other thing I'd like to add: There is a church across the street from Ground Zero. They have set it up with all sorts of photos & memorabilia. It is very old & very small, with a huge stately tree in the yard. The emergency crews used the church as a relief station during the rescue. All around the towers, buildings were also destroyed or damaged. But not that church. Not one bit. You will leave there with such an indelible image in your heart, of the power & strength of the human spirit.
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