A week from Sunday, two presidents, many other dignitaries and the families of victims will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. For the first time, the ceremony will take place at the 9/11 Memorial, which is comprised of two fountains built on the footprints of the Twin Towers. The next day, September 12th, the memorial opens to the public.
This week, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver invited community leaders and reporters to tour the memorial. In remarks beforehand, he said “I believe we have created a fitting and profound memorial… We have emerged (from 9/11) stronger, more resilient and more unified than ever… The recovery is not just about buildings. It’s about the people downtown.”
Speaker Silver walks the grounds of the 9/11 memorial with Community Board 3 Chairman Dominic Pisciotta and CB3 member John Leo.
The 9/11 memorial Museum is still under construction. It is scheduled to open September 11th, 2012.
The World Trade Center Plaza includes a lot of green space. Writing in the New York Times last month Jim Dwyer called the site “a space for human beings.”
1 World Trade Center has risen to 80 floors. Upon completion it will be 104 stories.
The name of each victim is inscribed on the outside of the two large squares that were the footprints of the original WTC towers.