9/11 Memorial Plaza Opens to the Public

The 9/11 memorial plaza is opening to the public for the first time since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks at the site that has been transformed into a memorial with two reflecting pools ringed by the chiseled-in-bronze names of the nearly 3,000 who died.

Visitors will be allowed to walk among hundreds of white oak trees on the eight-acre site and gaze at the water on the exact spots where the World Trade Center's twin towers stood.

The memorial plaza opened to the families of the victims for the first time on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

Admission to the memorial is free, but a reservation is required. The 9/11 museum--which will accompany the memorial--is set to open in September of 2012.

With the Associated Press

Alice Greenwald. 9/11 Museum director
Alice Greenwald. 9/11 Museum director ( Brian Zumhagen/WNYC )
Memorial president Joe Daniels said on Monday that he's feeling pride and humility that the plaza is opening in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
Memorial president Joe Daniels said on Monday that he's feeling pride and humility that the plaza is opening in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks. ( Brian Zumhagen/WNYC )

Anthoula Katsimatides, whose brother died in the attacks, said for the first time in a long time she felt hope when she was able to touch the water and hear the sound of the waterfalls at the reflecting pools.

( Brian Zumhagen/WNYC )
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Daniels, memorial president, greet the first visitors to the site.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Daniels, memorial president, greet the first visitors to the site. ( Brian Zumhagen/WNYC )
Jelena Watkins was the first visitor to the 9/11 Memorial when it opened to the public on Monday. Her brother, who was in town for a conference, died in the World Trade Center
Jelena Watkins was the first visitor to the 9/11 Memorial when it opened to the public on Monday. Her brother, who was in town for a conference, died in the World Trade Center ( Brian Zumhagen/WNYC )
The Bolourchi family gathered at the site on Monday. They lost Touri blourchi, who was a passenger on Flight 175
The Bolourchi family gathered at the site on Monday. They lost Touri blourchi, who was a passenger on Flight 175 ( Brian Zumhagen/WNYC )
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