For the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the long-awaited National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum will be open to victims' families and first responders after Thursday’s anniversary ceremony.
Families of the victims and first responders will be able to visit the museum following the traditional reading of the names on the 13th anniversary event at the memorial plaza.
Also for the first time, the public will be allowed into the memorial after 6 p.m. On all the past anniversary days, the site has been shut down for the entire day.
The changes continue the gradual opening of the site, which is slowly coming to life after years of construction delays and cost overruns.
The year after the attack, mourners gathered in what was then called “Ground Zero,” a scathing open wound that served as a stark reminder of the terrible events of that fateful day.
At the time, the 16-acre site was a wasteland surrounded by buildings still damaged from the terrorists’ brutal handiwork.
Thirteen years later, One World Trade Center rises 1,776 feet in the air and is set to open this fall. Across the plaza, Four World Trade Center is scheduled to begin welcoming tenants in a few weeks.
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"I'm Okay" Registry
On September 11th, 2001, in the wake of the collapse of the Twin Towers, I created what may have been the first online "survivor registry"—a site where people could post their names to let unreachable friends and loved ones know they were okay. The site received over a million hits that day and the next, and while it may have outlived its usefulness as a tool, I present those lists of names here, along with other explanatory material, as a remembrance of how grief-stricken, helpless, and uncertain we all felt that tragic day.