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World Trade Center Memorial - Ground Zero

The dual blue beams piercing they sky mark the the location of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center



The twin, blue beams of light highlighting the Manhattan skyline at night are haunting specters of the disastrous terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of September 11, 2001. 

Few will ever forget where they were at the time of the attack and the national distress, both emotional and physical, that accompanied this heinous attack.

Bounded by West Street, Church Street, Vesey Street and Liberty Street in Downtown, New York, the sixteen acres of land that comprise what was once the World Trade Center complex is now called "Ground-Zero" by many. Development is currently underway of a  National 9/11 Memorial and Museum on the site of the  World Trade Center.

The National 9/11 Memorial,  honoring the nearly 3,000 people who died during the terrorist attacks of 1993 and on September 11, 2001 was  dedicated on September 11, 2011 with public  admission to the memorial  beginning September 12, 2011. A pass (free) is required to tour the memorial site. See the official website for details on the Memorial, visiting and other information about this meaningful commemoration of the 9/11 tragedy.  Shown below is the architectural model of the site.

            The architectural model of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site and occupies half of the original 16 acre once occupied by the original complex of buildings.  The two Memorial Pools (whose edges are engraved with the names of the fallen) occupy the original footprints of the Twin Towers.  The site as it looked during mid-August 2011 is shown below.

          The 9/11 Memorial site during construction in August of 2011

In lower Manhattan there are numerous, poignant memorials to those fallen in the 9/11 attack.  The Fire Department Memorial is located near the World Trade Center Memorial outside the firehouse on Greenwich Street at Liberty.  Across from what was the World Trade Center is Saint Paul's Chapel that provided aid and support to the those attempting to rescue survivors of the attacks.

You might want to visit the Tribute World Trade Center website  where you can find many personal histories of the attack and arrange walking tours led by 9/11 survivors.



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