A memorial to those killed in the 9/11 attacks and World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

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The September 11th Memorial, also known as the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, is located where the World Trade Center once stood in Lower Manhattan, New York City. This memorial honors the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the six people who died in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

Soon after the 2001 attacks, plans for the memorial began. In 2003, an international design competition was held, attracting over 5,200 submissions. The winning design, called "Reflecting Absence," was created by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker. Their design features two large reflecting pools, set in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, each almost an acre in size. Waterfalls cascade down the sides of the pools, and the names of the victims are inscribed on bronze panels around the edges.

Construction of the memorial started in 2006. Building it was challenging due to the complexities of the site and the need to coordinate with other redevelopment projects in the area. Despite these difficulties, the memorial was completed and opened to the public on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

Next to the memorial, the National September 11 Memorial Museum opened in 2014. The museum is located underground, beneath the memorial plaza. It provides a detailed and moving account of the events of September 11, 2001, the aftermath, and the lives of those affected. The museum displays artifacts from the attacks, such as steel beams from the Twin Towers, personal items from victims, and stories from survivors and first responders.

The September 11th Memorial is a place for remembering and honoring those who died, and it also stands as a symbol of resilience and hope.

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