National September 11 Memorial & Museum to open on tenth anniver - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

National September 11 Memorial & Museum to open on tenth anniversary of 9/11

Updated:
© US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall Clinton © US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall Clinton


By Ted Rybka
Provided By WorldNow

When the National September 11 Memorial & Museum opens on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in a dedication ceremony for victims' families, it will be a "soft opening" in many respects. That first day, it will only be open to the families of those killed in the 9/11 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks. The following day, it will open to the public (provided you have made advance reservations). And although the memorial portion will be accessible, the museum won't open until 2012.

Despite the staggered openings, National September 11 Memorial & Museum President and CEO Joe Daniels said it was important to open at least some portion by the tenth anniversary of the attack.

"Anytime we open this memorial it'll be too soon and for others it'll be too late," said Daniels.

Daniels believes that when people see the memorial, questions regarding its opening will end. He claims the design helps "inspire" and hopes it "closes the wound" created by the terrorist attacks.

The Memorial consists of two pools that rest in the original footprints of the Twin Towers. Each pool is approximately one acre in size with 30-foot waterfalls surrounding it on all sides.

The Memorial not only honors those who lost their lives during the attacks of September 11, 2001 but also those who died during the February 26, 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. The names of all 2,983 victims will be listed on bronze parapets surrounding the pools.

Unlike other memorials or monuments, the names of the victims are organized not by alphabet. Instead, a complex algorithm was used to ensure people who knew each other would be grouped together. This was a crucial aspect for many victims' families.

"9/11 affected people across the country and around the world," said Daniels in a release. "This Memorial means something different for everyone, but I hope that in some way, it offers a chance for people to come together again in the spirit of unity we all remember from the days and weeks after 9/11."

To reserve a visitor's pass and to find out more information, please visit http://www.911memorial.org/.

Ted Rybka is an editor for WorldNow and has written on a variety subjects for print, radio and television for more than 10 years.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
  • Local HeadlinesLocal HeadlinesMore>>

  • 'I feel violated': Search continues for two men involved in Quincy home invasion

    'I feel violated': Search continues for two men involved in Quincy home invasion

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:41:18 GMT
    Jon Matuszak didn’t think twice about going into his residence at 900 Locust around 10 a.m. Monday morning. Matuszak had just returned from running an errand when a neighbor tried to stop him before going into the house. The neighbor told him that two men wearing white gloves and white masks — one of them carrying a baseball bat — had just entered the back door of the house. Knowing his older brother, Patrick, was sleeping inside, Jon Matuszak rushed inside.
    Jon Matuszak didn’t think twice about going into his residence at 900 Locust around 10 a.m. Monday morning. Matuszak had just returned from running an errand when a neighbor tried to stop him before going into the house. The neighbor told him that two men wearing white gloves and white masks — one of them carrying a baseball bat — had just entered the back door of the house. Knowing his older brother, Patrick, was sleeping inside, Jon Matuszak rushed inside.
  • Council restores traffic signal at Eighth, Vermont

    Council restores traffic signal at Eighth, Vermont

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:32:41 GMT
    A traffic signal at Eighth and Vermont will be reactivated to make the intersection safer for residents of Sunset Apartments.  Quincy City Council members voted Monday night to concur with a Traffic Commission recommendation to turn the signal on. It was disabled in March as city officials sought to save money by turning off a pair of traffic signals at low-traffic intersections.
    A traffic signal at Eighth and Vermont will be reactivated to make the intersection safer for residents of Sunset Apartments.  Quincy City Council members voted Monday night to concur with a Traffic Commission recommendation to turn the signal on. It was disabled in March as city officials sought to save money by turning off a pair of traffic signals at low-traffic intersections.

  • BREAKING: Police search for men with baseball bat, gun in connection with home invasion

    Police search for men near Veterans Home in connection with home invasion

    Monday, July 21 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-07-21 18:52:54 GMT
    The Quincy Police Department searched near the Illinois Veterans Home Monday for two men who are wanted in connection with a home invasion. The search of the grounds is finished, but the two suspects are still at large and considered armed and dangerous. Reporter Don O'Brien talked with the residents whose home was allegedly robbed.
    The Quincy Police Department searched near the Illinois Veterans Home Monday for two men who are wanted in connection with a home invasion. The search of the grounds is finished, but the two suspects are still at large and considered armed and dangerous. Deputy Chief Doug VanderMaiden provides descriptions of the suspects:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Quincy Herald-Whig. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.