The National September 11 Memorial opened to the public Monday in memory of the lives lost during the terrorist attacks in 2001, which destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. The memorial was opened to victims’ family members on Sunday in commemoration of the ten-year anniversary.
“We’re so proud of this memorial,” Monica Iken, founder of September’s mission, told CNN. She lost her husband Michael in the attacks. “I can go see Michael. He’s home.”
Above the site where the twin towers once stood are granite, open-topped cubes, each an acre in size. The memorial consists of two granite reflecting pools that open up into the earth. The walls of the memorial hold the the names of nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in New York, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The list also includes the names of those who were injured in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.
On the border of the memorial are 400 trees, including the “Survivor Tree” which was found in the ruins of Ground Zero and nursed back to health. The memorial hold’s North America’s largest man-made waterfall.
It’s a calm still. In the midst of the busy New York City and the nearby construction of a new skyscraper for the World Trade Center.
The National September 11 Museum is still under construction and will be opened next year. The underground complex will be consist of a transportation and shopping hub and expected to be completed by 2015.