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9/11 Memorial To Open To Night-time Visitors This Year

Posted by Feld Fire on 9/3/2014 to Fire Fighting History

This year on September 11, the 9/11 Memorial Plaza will open at night to the general public for the first time on the anniversary of the attack. In the 13 years since the Al Qaeda terror organization headed by Osama bin Laden flew two 747 passenger jets into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in TRiBeCa, hundreds of volunteers and paid employees have reclaimed the crash site in honor of the 2,606 New York victims of the attacks, along with some 372 passengers on board the aircraft, 341 NYC firefighters, 62 police officers, and 10 paramedics and EMTs. The nation has seen an invitation-only memorial service televised every year on the date, and the reading aloud of all of the victims' names, including those who perished at The Pentagon and on Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

On Sept. 11, 2014 the public will be permitted to visit the plaza in the evening. According to Memorial Plaza President Joe Daniels the city's confidence in opening the location on the commemoration date demonstrates a shifting policy to increasing access as more of the area is reclaimed and the memorial is built. 10 years after the attacks, the reflecting pools, engraved with all of the names of the dead were opened, and the underground 9/11 museum opened just this past May. Public access to the area, however, had been severely limited to those who purchased or received tickets and underwent a security screening. Only in the wake of the museum's opening did the plaza allow general access.

The shift to allow people to be at the site at night is particularly moving as those in attendance will see the Tribute in Light, the dual columns that rise above the skyline as ghostly reminders of the iconic financial center, which became a staple of the memorial in 2002.

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