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National September 11 Memorial in New York

National September 11 Memorial in New York
National September 11 Memorial in New York

On 9/11, it’s hard to think of other memorials other than September 11 Memorial. There are a great many of them, both throughout America and in other countries. Private initiatives, municipal, national, whatever. And it is terribly interesting to observe these memorials: these are, perhaps, examples of the most recent forms of memorial culture associated with a very lively and bleeding wound. It is especially interesting to follow online decision-making procedures, to compare what Bush said in the early months, what NY Mayor Giuliani said in the early years, what Obama said, what the architects said, and the inestimable power of the voice of the relatives of the victims and other city witnesses.

In the years since the attack, the ruins of the World Trade Center Twin Towers have taken on the status of a memorial and a place of mourning in their own right. Then Ground Zero gradually took shape in a national memorial and museum, opened in 2011 and 2014, respectively. You can see how the surrounding skyscrapers that suffered from the ricochet were restored, new buildings were created, including a memorial and a museum.

National September 11 Memorial
National September 11 Memorial

Description of the September 11 memorial

The memorial complex on the site of the twin towers occupies 2.5 hectares, on its territory there are two large mirror pools, along the inner walls of which water flows. Both pools are located exactly on the spot where the destroyed skyscrapers stood and exactly repeat their polygons. Water, falling like a waterfall from the walls, goes into large pits located in the center and, apparently, symbolize the abyss, the water from which, however, certainly returns.

Light installation Initiation in light at the Ground Zero site in New York
Light installation Initiation in light at the Ground Zero site in New York

The names of 2977 people who died here during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. And 6 people who were killed during the February 26. 1993 terrorist attack are written on the outer walls of the pools.

Hundreds of white oaks are planted nearby. In the future, there will be even more of them. By the way, one of the trees, Survival Tree, planted back in the 1970s is a pear tree found under the ruins in a badly damaged state. But some branches of the tree remained alive, the tree was nursed for a long time and saved.

Survival Tree (center) in the park next to the National Memorial
Survival Tree (center) in the park next to the National Memorial

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