National September 11 Museum To Be Open This Spring
Families of victims may find another tiny measure of solace when they return to the National September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero a year from today, to once again read aloud the names of the thousands of people killed in the 9/11 attacks. By this time next year, the museum currently under construction seven stories below ground is planned to be complete and open to the public.
The memorial itself officially opened two years ago, on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. It features engravings with the names of all those who died in the Twin Towers, at the Pentagon, and on flight United 93, which crashed outside of Shanksville, PA. The memorial also includes the names of those killed in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
The centerpieces are two waterfalls, the largest man made ones in the US, in the footprints of where the towers stood. Trees line the plaza, creating a solemn place of reflection and remembrance.
The museum will reportedly have a somewhat different purpose, offering a broader and more detailed look at that day. The museum will feature numerous artifacts, including fire trucks, ambulances, and construction materials destroyed in the attacks. The museum will even cover the late Al Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden, and the 19 hijackers.
The museum has been opened to the press, but still has months of complex construction ahead.
Construction at Ground Zero stalled for years to heavy criticism, dragging along due to disputes between the owners of the land, the government, and the Port Authority. Every decision was fraught with political and historical implications, with victims’ families either being consulted or making themselves heard at every step.
But recently, development has blossomed. The new One World Trade Center tower topped out last year at a height of 1,776 feet, and the memorial has had millions of visitors in just two years.