Ten years after it became known as Ground Zero, the 16-acre World Trade Center site has been reshaped into a commemoration site for the victims of 9/11. Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the 9/11 memorial will be a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.
Michael Arad was behind the vision of the memorial, as he beat out 5,2000 others vying to design the memorial to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the site of Ground Zero.
The memorial will open on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, while the main skyscraper — One World Trade Center — nears completion. The One World Trade Center is expected to be completed in 2013.
A Memorial Museum, located at the World Trade Center site, was also built in honor of the lives that were lost in the 2011 and 1993 attacks. The museum features a collection of artifacts, stories, photos and videos. The museum will also explore the very real impact of terrorism in the lives of everyday people.
Nearly 3,000 names of the men, women and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26th, 1993 are inscribed in bronze on parapets surrounding the twin memorial pools.
Mobile/Tablet applications and sites have been built to provide a guide and tribute to the memorial:
The 9/11 Memorial iPad application: “The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present and Future” is an absorbing look at the Trade Center site – including the original development of the Twin Towers, the attacks that brought them down, and the elaborate process behind the construction of the memorial and the accompanying museum.
The application contains 400 photographs and hours of video clips of the process. The application is free to download from September 1st to September 12th, and can be purchased for $9.95 thereafter.
9/11 Memorial, Yahoo! Commemorative Microsite: Yahoo! News and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum have partnered to provide a unique opportunity for people across the globe to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack.
The site allows online audiences to share their 9/11 stories as well as support the Memorial. The microsite features links to the Memorial’s website, a collection of photos and a series of videos.
Memorial Guide iPhone Application: The new application from the Apple app store provides a guide to the memorial on your iPhone.