Most New Yorkers steered clear of the Financial District on 9/11, opting to share their remembrances in other ways. For me, it was hanging a handmade sign as part of the makeshift memorial on the side of the old St. Vincent’s Hospital, which took in many of the victims on that tragic day, and chalking condolences as part of a public art project on Fifth Avenue. For others, it was watching the stories of those most impacted that day unfold on television specials or attending services in memoriam.
Wherever we were, whatever we did that day, the 10-year anniversary was never far from the minds of New Yorkers.
Now, with the completion of the 9/11Memorial, everyone who steps foot in Manhattan has the opportunity to pay tribute to those whose lives were unjustly cut short.
The memorial honors the lives of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. After years of blueprints and debates, architects Michael Arad and Peter Walker and Partners have created a serene space surrounded by green and set to the soundtrack of silence. The names of those lost are inscribed into bronze panels surrounding the Memorial pools.
Admission is free to the public, but guests must reserve a visitor pass in advance. The Memorial is open seven days a week year-round.