Work Begins on September 11 Memorial

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The first steel column for the September 11 memorial will be put into place this afternoon, according to officials.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, as the complex is officially known, is one of several building projects at Ground Zero that is in limbo. The foundation raising the money for the memorial says it will be done by the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

But Chris Ward, the executive director of Port Authority, which oversees the entire World Trade Center redevelopment, says that schedule is too ambitious because of logistical challenges. Ward has not set a new deadline for the memorial but says he will do so by the end of the month.