A Unique Memorial
Hi there, how have you been? I am just back from a short holiday in the States. Did I have a good time? Yes I did. I saw some friends, did a bit of shopping but for me the most important part of my trip was revisiting New York City. I wanted to see what the 9/11 Memorial looked like.
You may have been very young when the Twin Towers were attacked in 2001.
Nearly 3000 people died and two gigantic skyscrapers were brought down .
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The idea is to build a memorial on Ground Zero, the former site of World Trade Centre in lower Manhattan.
The 9/11 Memorial features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the Twin Towers.
The nearly 3,000 names of the men, women, and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 are inscribed in bronze on parapets surrounding the twin memorial pools.
It is supposed to be one of the most eco-friendly memorial plazas ever constructed, with more than 400 trees surrounding the whole area. The design has been made to convey a spirit of hope and renewal.
At the moment the memorial is in its last stage of construction. But in 30 days' time it's going to be opened to the public.
The construction started in 2006 and has been led by architects Michael Arad and Peter Walker, whose design was selected over 5,000 other submissions.
When it opens it is expected to become one of the most popular landmarks in New York, with up to 10,000 visitors a day.
Well, New York has lots of other interesting places that I can tell you about but perhaps I will talk about them another time.
Till next time,