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The memorial has been in construction for over five years and will finally be opening next week, September 12th. The memorial was created as tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 victims of September 11, 2001 attacks. The names on the memorial include not only the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center but also those who died at the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa. The memorial offers visitors a chance to appreciate and remember the 343 firefighters and paramedics who gave their lives to save others ten years ago.
The memorial has also been created as a remembrance of the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks have been inscribed into bronze panels edging the two Memorial pools, which pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The names are displayed in the centre of the Memorial.
Visitors to the Memorial Museum will be presented with a series of experiences which allow for personal encounters within an overall context of a historical narrative. Those who visit the memorial will experience the sounds of construction that took place following the attack, voices of first responders sharing their personal experience, along with a sense of how vast and expansive the towers were.
The final stage of the museum will take visitors alongside the “Survivor Stairs,” which was used by hundreds to escape the destruction of the Towers on 9/11.
NYC Major, Michael Bloomberg, spoke about the memorial “We will never forget the devastation of the area that came to be known as ground zero. Never. But the time has come to call those 16 acres what they are: The World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum”.
The memorial was designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker and cost $700 million to make, but honoring the lives of their loved ones is priceless to many. Tickets for the memorial fully booked up until next week, so if you are planning to visit the site, click on to http://www.911memorial.org/ to reserve tickets.