NEW YORK — Thousands of innocent men, women and children were killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993, and Sept. 11, 2001. This fall, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum will open its doors, giving Americans a place to stand united to remember and honor our countrymen.
A ceremony for victims’ families will mark the opening of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The next day doors open to welcome visitors – initially limited to those with reserved advance passes – who wish to remember, pay respect and reaffirm our nation’s commitment to freedom.
Located at the site of the site of the former World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan, the 9/11 Memorial occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site and features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the twin towers.
The entrance to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, a large pavilion with a glass atrium, houses two enormous tridents within its glass atrium. The tridents are artifacts from the steel façade of the original 1 WTC, also known as the north tower. Although the pavilion will be inaccessible to 9/11 Memorial visitors, the majestic tridents will be visible from the plaza. The pavilion will open to the public when the 9/11 Memorial Museum opens in 2012.
The names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 1993 and 2001, terrorist attacks are inscribed on bronze panels lining the two pools. Waterfalls will cascade down all four sides of each pool, creating a special place for remembrance and reflection. The surrounding plaza is filled with oak trees and a Callery pear known as the Survivor Tree, which was nursed back to health after surviving the 9/11 attacks. For more information, visit www.911memorial.org.