By Dave Caplan
For almost a week now the 9/11 Museum has been open to the families who lost loved ones and for the first responders of the horrific events of September 11, 2001. On Wednesday May 21st, the museum opened to the public. This museum will be the cornerstone to educating the world about how the attacks of 9/11 changed us forever.
With 110,000 Square feet of space, the museum has collected an astounding array of narratives, displays and archives telling a story from the perspective of first responders, survivors and families that have lost loved ones. Over 10,000 artifacts fill the museum, every one eliciting a special memory in each of us.
The names of the 2,983 people etched in the plaques surrounding the 9/11 Memorial pools above the museum are brought to life with photographs of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum honors those who died in the attacks in 1993 and 2001, on the plane that hit the Pentagon and those who courageously brought Flight 93 down to the ground in Shanksville,PA.
Much of the Museum sits in the archaeological heart of the original World Trade Center site. You will gaze in awe at the original slurry wall which kept the Hudson River from flooding the WTC site on 9/11. Upon entering the museum you will see the two original steel column bases that anchored the Twin Towers. Chills will run up and down your spine when you stand before the” survivor’s staircase” that was the route to safety for hundreds of New Yorkers who escaped in the final moments before the towers collapsed.
Everyone has a different story to tell about their personal experiences of 9/11. This museum will tell the story of loss, compassion, understanding and recovery for those who survived and those who did not. We are New Yorkers; we are Americans and will continue to be strong!
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