Today, fourteen years have passed since two hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people. The tragedy is forever etched in history as the largest human loss on American soil since the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. In honor of the victims lost during the attacks on the World Trade Center (both in 2001 and the 1993 bombing), the Pentagon and those on the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania, their names are inscribed into bronze panels surrounding two marble waterfall pools, each stretching over one acre wide and positioned within the footprint of the original towers, located in Downtown Manhattan. People can remember those that were lost by visiting the 911- Memorial at 20 Vesey Street.
In addition, visitors and students can learn more about the tragic event from the National September 11 Museum. This remembrance site documents the events, impact and implications of this tragedy by displaying remnants from the towers original structure, parts of emergency vehicles and personal items from the victims. According to the Memorial’s website, family members of the victims, rescue personnel and survivors donated small mementos, like watches, shoes and other personal effects, to the museum as reminders that these victims were real people and not just names. The collection consists of over 10,313 artifacts, 2,136 archival documents, over 1,970 recorded oral histories, photographs, video, personal effects and memorabilia, expressions of tribute and remembrance related to the history of the World Trade Center (September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 events and the repercussions of these attacks). This site serves as an educational focal point for students and others, where they can examine the artifacts and learn the stories behind them.
To learn more about the newly constructed museum or to visit the memorial site, go to 911memorial.org.