About 9 million tourists visit Manhattan every year, and some of them make the pilgrimage to the site called Ground Zero, the main location of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the US, which killed 2,900 people in total. The site evolved from a gaping wound in the ground with noticeboards of grief-stricken notes and photographs of the dead and missing to eventually a dignified memorial and building site for new skyscrapers to replace the two World Trade Center towers which collapsed on that terrible day.
The memorial and museum opened to the public after the commemoration ceremony on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools. Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the 911 Memorial will be a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.
The site includes a museum, which is developing a permanent collection of artifacts, stories, photos, video and other material. It also has a teaching guide and educational materials for schoolchildren.
The opening, and the ceremony to mark 10 years since that day of terror, drew many thousands, and millions more, including me, watched it on TV. Families still had grief deeply etched on their faces. It’s still a site of intense sadness. The memorial and the musem are designed, however, to reflect a lot more than the pain of loss.The awful toll of victims in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 was also on my mind.
As you can see by the check list below, the memorial site has strict security. If you go there, we would be very interested to know what you think of it.
• Visitor passes are required and will be checked upon entry.
• Enter the 9/11 Memorial at the intersection of Albany and Greenwich Streets (1 Albany St.)
• Visitors may be asked to show valid photo ID matching their visitor pass name.
• All visitors and baggage are subject to security screening.
• Please limit the items that you bring with you. Bag storage is not available.
• Public restrooms are not available on site.
• You will only be admitted at the time indicated on your visitor pass. Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to your reservation.
More info: www.911memorial.org