This week marks the 14th anniversary of 9/11.
As always, the anniversary of 9/11 in New York City will be marked at Ground Zero with four moments of silence to observe the times when each plane hit and each tower fell, beginning at 8:46 am. Family members of all 9/11 victims are always invited to attend. Nearby St. Paul's Chapel traditionally hosts morning bell services followed by Prayers for Peace and ringing of the Bell of Hope in remembrance of 9/11. The Tribute in Light comprises of 44 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs arranged into two 48-foot squares in the shape of the twin towers, the tribute in light is located at West and Morris Streets in Lower Manhattan. Each year, the lights are lit at sunset on 9/11 and burn brightly until sunrise on September 12.
In New York, ongoing focus remains on the new One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, completed in 2013. That year, construction workers finally placed the final pieces high atop New York City's newest skyscraper, making it the tallest building in the Western hemisphere at 1,776 feet. The single skyscraper replaces the iconic Twin Towers, destroyed on September 11, 2001 marking the first ever attack on US soil.
The National 9/11 Memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in a ceremony for victims' families. The following day, it opened to the public on September 12, 2011 and remains open for visitors with advance passes.
The memorial features the country's largest man-made waterfalls dramatically cascading into two sunken pools. These pools mark the footprints of the Twin Towers. The names of 2,980 victims have been etched in granite around the edges of the memorial. The effect seeks to create closure for families belonging to the nearly 40 percent of victims whose bodies were completely obliterated by explosions during the attacks.
Opened in the spring of 2014, an admission price of $24 is required to visit The 9/11 Memorial Museum which houses artefacts from 9/11 events including personal items from survivors as well as the deceased donated by their families. In addition, there is an extensive audio collection of personal histories from emergency service workers, survivor's families, as well as ordinary New Yorkers who witnessed the events of the day.
May We Never Forget.
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