The Memorial opens to the public on September 12, with the reservation of a visitor’s pass. As one of the largest corporate donors, Deutsche Bank has provided $15 million in support of The Memorial Foundation. The Memorial & Museum is meant to honor those who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993, recognize the courage and endurance of those who survived, and provide a fitting Memorial & Museum on the site made sacred through tragedy. The design of the National September 11 Memorial, created by Michael Arad and landscape architects Peter Walker and partners, was selected through an international design competition that attracted over 5,200 entrants from over 63 nations. The Memorial consists of two massive pools set within the footprints of the Twin Towers, with 30-foot waterfalls cascading down their sides. The names of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims killed in the September 11 attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing, are inscribed around the edges of the waterfalls. The Museum’s growing collection of diverse materials includes artifacts, photographs, audio and video tapes, personal effects and memorabilia, expressions of tribute and remembrance, recorded testimonies and digital files and websites related to the history of the World Trade Center, the events of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993, and the repercussions of these attacks.
In addition to the ceremony at the Memorial, New York City will honor the tenth anniversary with a day of service. While 9/11 events have attracted volunteers since the first anniversary and the day itself was officially proclaimed a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009, this year is expected to draw record numbers. On Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, New York Cares will mobilize 1,000 individuals in community service. Throughout the United States, more than 1 million people are expected to serve in their communities for the 10th anniversary. In addition, on Saturday, September 10, Manhattan Community Board 1 will present “Hand in Hand—Remembering 9/11,” a public, open remembrance of the 10th anniversary. The event will bring together thousands of people to join hands to form a human chain along Lower Manhattan’s West Side waterfront, offering a powerful symbol of unity and remembrance. The human chain will connect at 8:46am, the exact time the first airplane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Check-in stations will be open from 7:30am until 8:15am. For more details and to pre-register, please visit www.HandinHand911.org. The event is free and open to all, but each participant must pre-register.
Read more about the Memorial in the new issue of Focus, the CSR Americas newsletter.