Archive | September, 2011

We Will Always Remember

11 Sep

By: Bronte Villalua

A terrorist attack beyond the magnitude that anyone could imagine took place Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked by 19 members of Al-Qaeda, and nearly 3,000 innocent men, woman, and children were killed.

Now ten years later, we look back on the events that took place on 9/11 which influenced the lives of every American.

A large part of America’s recovery has been headed by Joe Daniels who is project manager for the 9/11 memorial and museum which is being built in New York since 2006.

Two of the largest man-made waterfalls and reflecting pools in North America will be a mirror of the Twin Towers that once stood tall and mighty. The heart of the memorial is bronze panels with the names of all who were killed on 9/11 and the World Trade Center bombing of Feb. 26, 1993

The memorial design, “Reflecting Absence” by Michael Arad, was one chosen out of over 5,000 entries in an international competition.

As for the museum architects,Aedas’ Mark Wagner, and the founding partners of Snøhetta, Craig Dykers and Kjetil Thorsen, have designed a place to remind everyone of the consequences of terrorism.

The museum includes oral histories with family members and friends of the victims. Within the museum are artifacts including the slurry wall that kept the Hudson River from flooding lower Manhattan on 9/11, belongings of the victims, and two tridents which were the signature elements from the original towers.

This centerpiece of the new World Trade Center Complex is meant to show people what it really means to be a human being living in the complex 21st century. It shows a void of what once was there, and in absence, we remember what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.