Eleven years ago today, The United States of America – her people and their foundation of freedom, equality and independence – suffered one of the most horrendous attacks in history. Today, as we continue to heal as a nation, we remember the cherished lives of our family members, friends, co-workers, and volunteers lost on that fateful day. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit organization that oversees the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in New York City’s Lower Manhattan. The Memorial, which was dedicated last year on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, is open to the public and free to visit. Since then, over four and half million people have visited it.
The Memorial Plaza features square reflecting pools that fill the voids left by the footprints of the Twin Towers. The bronze parapets of the pools are etched with the names of the nearly three thousand people killed in New York City, at the Pentagon in northern Virginia, on the three hijacked planes that crashed into those buildings, and on a fourth plane that crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Underneath the tree-lined Plaza is the Museum Pavilion, a tilting structure that evokes the sections of the trade center facade that remained standing after the towers fell. The Museum is still under construction, and the entire Plaza and Pavilion will near completion around 2014 at which time all four sides of the Memorial will be accessible to the public.
The 9/11 Memorial will provide a live webcast of the New York City ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. For more information from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, visit www.911memorial.org.
Join us as we come together and pay tribute on this 11th anniversary of 9/11 to honor, remember, and reunite.