National September 11 Memorial
Updated: Mar 22, 2018
Ten years after the terror attack of September 11, 2001, The National September 11 Memorial was dedicated. The next day the memorial opened to the public. The memorial is a beautiful dedication to lives lost that day.
Where the Twin Towers once stood are twin reflecting pools, each nearly an acre in size. The pools have the largest man made waterfalls in the country. The names of all 2,977 people who lost their lives on 9/11, as well as the names of the six victims of the World Trade bombing in 1993, are inscribed on bronze panels edging the memorial pools.
The memorial is surrounded by more than 400 oak trees. Also included is a callery pear tree. The tree was recovered at the World Trade Center site in October 2011. When the rescue workers discovered the tree under the rubble, it stood 8 feet tall, was badly burned, and only had one living branch. In November 2001 the tree was moved to a nursery in the Bronx. By December 2010 the tree had grown to 30 feet and was returned to its original home to be a part of the memorial. There are 6 other “survivor” trees planted around the city.
A visit to the 9/11 Memorial is a must for anyone planning a visit to New York City. We offer a 5-hour comprehensive Private World Trade Center Tour and would love to take you. Click on the link above for more information.