Meet Birgit Weschollek of Herne, Germany. She's seen here with a yellow arrow pointing her out (The arrow was added by 9/11 Memorial staff). In late March, Birgit became the 500,000th visitor of the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, which opened August 2009 on Vesey St.
Until the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum opens, it's the official location for visitor across the globe to peek into the future and see what the Memorial & Museum will look like once completed. The Memorial opens in 2011, the Museum is to follow about a year later.
The Preview Site sees nearly 3,000 visitors per day. Inside there are renderings and architecture models of the soon-to-be completed Memorial, some artifacts and interactive kiosks. Visitors can also peek down into the construction site at World Trade Center and view the ongoing progress of the 9/11 Memorial using EarthCam's live Webcam.
Recently, a new listening station has been installed allowing visitors to hear memorable 9/11 stories. The Preview Site will also serve as a venue for public programming. Click here for upcoming events that you and your family would want to experience.
By Michael Frazier, Sr. Communications Manager for the 9/11 Memorial