The National September 11 Memorial has been built to pay honour and tribute to more than three thousand people who lost their lives in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Centre site near Shansville, Pennyslvania. It is also dedicated to the six people who died in the February 1993 bombing at WTC.
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The names of all the people who died in the 1993 and 2001 attacks are inscribed on bronze panels at the edge of the twin reflecting pools of the memorial. Each pool is nearly an acre in size and features the largest man-made waterfalls in Northern America. The pools today, are at the same place where the twin towers once stood. The design of the memorial was selected from a global competition that included more than 5200 entries, from across 63 nations. The memorials are created by architects- Michael Arad and Peter Walker.
The artefact in the museum displays the events of 9/11, its impact and also the numerous stories of loss and recovery. The museum also invites people to contribute photographs or videotapes of the incident, if they have captured any. The relatives of the victims are also welcome to contribute personal items like clothes, accessories, letters, awards etc. of the person whom they lost in that accident.
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The museum has a memorial exhibition called ‘In Memoriam’ which has pictures of the victims and also provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the people who died in the attack. The corridor of ‘In Memoriam’ exhibits portraits of victims, popularly known as the ‘Wall of Faces’.
Adjacent to all the photographs there is a touchscreen table which showcases biographical information of all the people, including audio remembrances by their families, friends and co-workers. Rotating images of personal artefacts are also featured in this museum.
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