911 Memorial Museum is Now Open

911 Memorial Museum is Now Open

One of the 911 memorial pools with engraved victim’s names.

Isabel Steinhoff, Reporter

On September 11, 2001, tragedy struck the United States. The United States experienced numerous terrorist attacks all in that one day.  What was once known as the famous Twin Towers in New York, was all gone with minutes.  The Pentagon also received some attention as well. Four planned plane hijacks ended the lives of around 3,000 people and left many families heartbroken and traumatized. Two planes crashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. It wasn’t long before the towers collapsed, not waiting for anyone. The third plane crashed into the Pentagon damaging the west side of the building.  The last plane was said to have been planned for Washington D.C., but crashed into a nearby field. This attack has forever scarred the people of the United States, especially the families and friends of those directly affected. Many people tried to find their loved ones that worked in or nearby the towers. Some were only able to retrieve partial clothing items, some just a picture, and some nothing at all.

The tragedy and traumatizing effects of the attack led to the construction of the September 11 Memorial and Museum. The building is located at the World Trade Center site in New York, New York. The construction for the memorial began on March 13, 2006 and opened one day after the the 10th anniversary, September 12, 2011. The families of the victims were given a special opening day just for them on September 11, 2011. The memorial has two pools with the largest manmade waterfalls in the United States cascading down their sides are located within the footprints of the Twin Towers. The two 1-arce pools symbolize “the loss of life and physical void left by the terrorist attacks.” The many names of the victims are engraved in bronze plates attached to walls of the side of the pools. There is also a callery pear tree that was recovered from the attack and is used as the survivor tree.

The museum is was the current news is about. The underground museum was formally dedicated on May 15, 2014 and became open to the public on May 21, 2014. It has various artifacts from the day of the attack, including 23,000 images, 10,300 artifacts, and nearly 2,000 oral histories of the dead provided by friends and loved ones along with over 500 hours of video. A piece of steel from the Twin Towers, a fire engine, and clothing pieces are just a few. The museum was “designed to recall memories without causing distress, especially to first-responders and to families of victims.”

The September 11, 2001 Memorial and Museum is now open for everyone to respectfully remember that day.