The 9/11 Memorial stands as a solemn tribute to the lives lost and the indelible impact of the tragic events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. As a powerful symbol of remembrance and resilience, the memorial holds many fascinating facts that shed light on its significance and design. Let’s explore together intriguing and lesser-known facts about the 9/11 Memorial, unveiling the stories behind its creation, the symbolism embedded in its architecture, and the enduring messages of hope and unity it embodies.
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Facts About 9/11 Memorial
- The 9/11 Memorial was built to remember and honor those who died in the worst terrorist attack in the history of the United States.
- It is located on about half of the 16-acre site that the former World Trade Center complex encompassed.
- Construction on the initial memorial began on March 13, 2006, and took eight years to fully complete.
- The 9/11 Memorial was completed in two stages with the memorial being completed first and dedicated to the victims’ families on September 11, 2011.
- The second stage of the memorial involved completing the museum, which was dedicated on May 15, 2014.
- The 9/11 Memorial was designed by the Israeli-American architect Michael Arad, who won a competition to design the overall concept for the memorial.
- Davis Brody Bond is the architect who oversaw the construction.
- It follows an original master plan created by Daniel Libeskind.
- The memorial was initially called the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.
- It was renamed the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in 2007.
- The central feature of the 9/11 Memorial is the memorial itself, which has twin square reflecting pools that have the names of the memorialized victims around each pool.
- There are twin reflecting pools at the memorial as they represent the twin towers of the former World Trade Center.
- The former World Trade Center was actually a collection of seven buildings, with the twin towers rising out of the New York skyline as the most prominent of them.
- The twin towers were nearly identical twin buildings that were the tallest buildings in New York City, with each hosting 110 floors
- The towers were also the tallest buildings in the world for about a year when they were built in 1973
- There were 110 floors in the twin towers of the former World Trade Center.
- 430 companies employed 35,000 people who regularly worked in the twin towers.
- Up to 50,000 people could be found working in the twin towers on any particular day.
- The World Trade Center also included both a hotel and an underground mall that allowed people to stay and shop while they visited.
- The reflecting pools are surrounded by the names of the victims of both the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
- The 9/11 attack involved the work of nineteen men who coordinated an attack to crash airplanes at three different locations.
- The 9/11 terrorists crashed two planes into the two towers of the world trade center in New York and an additional plane into the Pentagon outside of Washington, D.C.
- The first plane crashed into the 80th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:45 a.m.
- The second plane crashed into the 60th floor of the south tower 17 minutes later at 9:03 a.m.
- The two planes brought down both twin towers and led to the collapse of all 5 buildings in the former World Trade Center complex.
- The third plane crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. and collapsed part of the building.
- The terrorists unsuccessfully attempted to crash a fourth plane into an additional prominent location in Washington, D.C., but it crashed in western Pennsylvania.
- The flight data recorder data led investigators to believe the fourth hijacked plane was likely attempting to crash into the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
- The fourth plane hijacked in the 9/11 attacks crashed due to an uprising by the passengers and crew when they realized their hijacking was part of a coordinated attack.
- The passengers and crew were able to become aware of why they were attacked because there had been a 25-minute delay in taking off due to heavy air traffic.
- While the terrorists thought suicide bombing the United States would weaken the country, it only made the U.S. stronger as it unified efforts to combat terrorism.
- There are a total of 2,883 names of people memorialized around the twin reflecting pools.
- Of the names inscribed at the memorial, 2,977 of those are for those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
- The additional six names are for those who died in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
- Around 400 of the people who died on September 11, 2001, were police officers and firefighters.
- The National Park Service maintains the museum, memorial, and grounds of the 9/11 Memorial.
- The reflecting pools at the 9/11 memorial are the largest man-made waterfalls in North America.
- Each memorial reflecting pool is almost an acre in size.
- Each reflecting pool has waterfalls that descend an initial 30 feet into the main basin and then another 20 feet before dropping out of site.
- The building that sits between the twin reflecting pools has just a small portion above ground, with the majority of it underground.
- The entrance ramp in the memorial building leads to Foundation Hall where the footprint of the North Tower once stood.
- The emptiness of Foundation Hall is intended to remind visitors of what was once there and is no longer.
- A retaining wall from the original building is incorporated into the design of Foundation Hall as a reminder that nothing is truly gone.
- A 36 foot piece of steel that was the last piece taken from the site cleanup is housed in Foundation Hall as a column.
- It took 9 months to clear the 1.8 million tons of rubble and debris from the twin towers.
- September 11 was named Patriot Day on December 18, 2001 to annually remember those who died in the 9/11 attacks.
- There were 18 people who were rescued alive from the twin towers of the former World Trade Center.
- Survivors and rescue workers from the 9/11 attacks often experienced post-traumatic stress and at risk for severe respiratory problems.
- A 2019 bill passed by the U.S. Senate permanently ensured funding for a 9/11 victims fund that supports the families of the victims and first responders of the 9/11 terrorist attack
- On the birthday of each victim, a red rose is placed on the victim’s name in the memorial to honor their life.
Do you know any other facts about the 9/11 Memorial? We’d love to hear them in the comments.
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