Twin Towers' 9/11 Memorial and Museum Opens To Public Next Week

The Twin Towers sites 9/11 Memorial and Museum, established by the World Trade Center Foundation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will open to the public next week.

The Twin Towers site's 9/11 Memorial and Museum, established by the World Trade Center Foundation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will open to the public next Monday, Sept. 12.

With 10 years having passed since the terrorist attacks, the memorial will feature the names of all the people who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, AP reports.

The names of the victims of Flight 93 and those of the attack on the Pentagon will also be included.

Their names will be inscribed in bronze panels that follow the edges of the twin reflecting pools, which each amount to nearly an acre in size.

The memorial also boasts the largest manmade waterfalls in North America, reports AP.

The museum, due to open sometime in 2012, will hold three exhibits. The first, the Historical Exhibit, will take people inside the events of Sept. 11.

Using artifacts, imagery, video, first-person testimony and real-time audio from Sept. 11, visitors will be able to get a sense of the shock that overcame American citizens.

The exhibition will provide insight into the human drama inside the hijacked planes, the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, AP reports.

The accounts and experiences of the first emergency responders and civilians at the scene of the attack will also be part of the exhibition.

The exhibition will then show visitors a "Before 9/11" and "After 9/11" section that will chronicle the events leading up to the attacks. These include the evolution of the terrorist network responsible for the attacks, and a view of post-9/11 America and how the aftermath of the event affected the nation. The Memorial Exhibit will showcase the victims of the attacks via interactive tables, walls featuring the victims' faces and artifact cases, reports AP.   There will also be a Space for Remembrance that uses audio and visual elements to tell the stories of the victims with testimonials from friends and family members. The third and final exhibition, the West Chamber, will hold a surviving piece of the World Trade Center; a retaining wall that withstood the attack, AP reports. Also in the chamber will be the "Last Column". At 36 feet tall and covered with pictures and mementos of ironworkers, rescue personnel and others, the column is symbolic of resilience, hope and community. A ceremony, taking place this Sunday will dedicate the 9/11 Memorial and Museum to families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, and Feb. 26, 1993, attacks against the WTC, reports AP. The memorial opens to the public the following day.
1 2 Next
Source: Yellowbrix

Print Article