Visitors to the national 9/11 Memorial who are old enough to recall horrific images of the burning towers, the collapse of the buildings and the tall piles of debris. They know, too, not only of the devastating loss of innocent lives and the impact on victims’ families, but also the effect on the downtown neighborhood and the plight of survivors.
The Memorial’s opening permanently changed the way people view the World Trade Center site. This sacred site will always recall the pain of that September morning, but I also look at the Memorial as the physical embodiment of the coming together that was the positive legacy of 9/11, and in that way it offers comfort, hope and inspiration.
More than 2 million people have visited the Memorial since the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 to pay their respects to those who were killed on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. Many of them have shared their experiences online, discussing the site’s renewal and honoring those who were lost through social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr.
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By Joe Daniels, CEO and President of the 9/11 Memorial