9/11/2001 - Ground Zero – It is better to light one candle that to curse at the darkness.
“You can be sure than the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.”
Colin Powell (b. 1937)
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum Located at the World Trade Center in New York City, remembers and honors the 2,983 people killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, the Pentagon and in a field in rural Pennsylvania. The museum was dedicated on May 14, 2014 and opened to the public on May 21st. The vast collection includes forty-thousand images, four-thousand artifacts, more than three-thousand five hundred oral recordings and over five-hundred hours of video. It also honors the six people who lost their lives in 1993 when the World Trade Center was bombed. We honor those who risked their lives to save others and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath of the attacks. The museum exhibit remembers people for how they lived, not just for how they died.
Over five-thousand architects from sixty-three countries submitted designs; architects Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker were selected. From both attacks, all two-thousand nine-hundred eighty-three victims’ names are inscribed on walls surrounding the memorial pools.
The World Trade Center opened in April 1973 but the idea of such a center was first proposed in 1943. WTC spanned seven buildings in the complex. At the time it was built, Building One North Tower stood one-thousand three-hundred sixty-eight feet, Building Two South Tower stood one-thousand three-hundred sixty-two feet and were the tallest buildings in the world.
Life Lesson: Don’t put off until tomorrow. Ask yourself, if not now, when?
World Trade Center under construction in May 1971 and in 2000 and today.