From Small Town, to Big City

Aug. 1, 2013 / By


Johnny Flores visits the September 11th memorial site in New York, NY.


Different was the one word that couldn’t escape my mind getting off of the airplane inside John F. Kennedy airport in New York. In Coachella, there are no skyscrapers or Dunkin’ Donuts on every corner. There isn’t as much diversity when walking down the streets.

New York is a bright, big and beautiful city, and it was just the first stop of a weeklong trip.

Our trip began with me feeling a bit out of sorts, because our first stop in the Big Apple was to the September 11th Memorial. After passing through several different metal detectors and emptying my pockets on several different occasions, I finally made it; I was standing on ground zero. The same ground where thousands of Americans lost their lives, and where terrorists struck in an attempt to send a message.

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