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9/11 Memorial Gets an App

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

9/11 Memorial and Museum on August 24, 2011. 9/11 Memorial and Museum on August 24, 2011. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum launched a new campaign and iPhone app Wednesday ahead of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks next month.

A televised public service campaign featuring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal — both 9/ 11 Memorial board members — along with first responders and a survivor begins Thursday and will continue until September 11. It will encourage citizens to "honor, remember and reunite."

The 9/11 Memorial also launched the 9/11 Memorial Guide, a smart phone app now available for iPhones and soon to be available to Windows and Android phones. The app includes oral histories recorded with StoryCorps and a guide for finding names on the parapet of the memorial pools, as well as biographical information about the victims.

The names of the 2,983 victims of the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 attacks will be listed on bronze parapets surrounding the two pools within the original imprint of the Twin Towers.

The memorial will open to victim's families on September 11. It will open to the public the following day. The 9/11 Museum is expected to open to the public by September 2012.

World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein said he expects tower 4 to open by 2013, Tower 3 by 2015 and Tower 2 by 2016.

One World Trade Center, which is owned by the Port Authority, is now the tallest building in Lower Manhattan and has structural steel over 78 stories high and is expected to be open in 2013.

With reporting by Stephen Nessen

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