The work at Ground Zero (the World Trade Center Towers Site) is being wrapped up on the memorial park and museum that will be the landmark New Yorkers visit to pay their respect for those who lost their lives. The 9/11 Memorial will open this year in September on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Designed by the global competition winners architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker, the memorial consists of a peaceful tree-filled plaza and two reflecting pools on the exact footprints of the towers that once stood, the reflecting pools will be fenced by a bronze parapet with the names of the 2983 victims, that died on that day, engraved on it, with cascading water beneath it, representing the continuity of their memory. The designers planted the plaza with more than 400 swamp white oak trees, as they are natural reminders of life and rebirth.
The September 11 Memorial is expected to become one of the most popular attractions in New York, with up to 10,000 visitors a day. More than 66,000 people applied for visitor passes to the memorial in the first three days of reservations opening. A private ceremony for victims’ families is being held at the site on September 11, the 10th anniversary of the attacks. It opens to the public on September 12.
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For some insights on The September 11 attacks, read this article written by May Rostom, where she tries to unveil some of the sad facts that surfaced in the few years that followed the attacks.
First Images of the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero just hours before the opening ceremony.