The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of memory and homage to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa, and at the Pentagon. It features two pools and the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The monument sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of the men, women and children killed are inscribed on bronze panels surrounding the twin Memorial pools.
The concept of the whole Memorial is so apt – the inscribed names and the flowing water – it allows a feeling of silent reverence for visitors. Except for the sound of the water, the silence is almost deafening, even for visitors who do not have any direct relationships with the deceased. The beauty of humanity – we feel for each other even though we are not directly related. One can really feel peace enveloping the area.
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The memorial design was created by Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker. Their design was selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.