Families of Americans who lost lives in the 9/11 attacks gathered at the World Trade site for the annual memorial ceremony today. The names of almost 3,000 people were read in memoriam, with pauses marking the times when the first plane hit the North Tower, when the second plane hit the South Tower, when the South Tower collapsed and when the North Tower collapsed.
For the first time since September 11, 2001, the area formerly called Ground Zero is mostly rebuilt. The newly-constructed One World Trade Center building is nearly completion; this time next year it will be filled with office workers.
The National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum is now open on the memorial plaza. ABC News reports that the fences surrounding the memorial plaza have been taken down and the area has integrated into Manhattan.
The changes are painful for some families of victims, but welcome to others. Debra Burlingame, sister of Pentagon plane pilot Charles Burlingame said, “When I first saw (One World Trade Center), it really made my heart sing. It does every time I see it because it’s so symbolic of what the country went through.”
The memorial plaza will open to public at 6 p.m. tonight; until then the area is only open to victim’s families. Thousands of Americans are expected to visit the area in remembrance of the attacks.
Publication date: September 11, 2014